Ashton Funeral Home


Col. Robert Hugh Nourse

December 4, 2017

Col. Robert Hugh Nourse, 84, of Easton, died Monday, December 4, 2017 in his home.

Born March 22, 1933 in Fort Benning, GA, he was the son of the late Col. Robert S. and Mildred (Dickinson) Nourse.  He and his wife, Anne (Cramer) Nourse, were married 62 years.

Bob was a man of varied interests who worked as a soldier, an educator, and an administrator.

Bob graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1955 and retired as a Colonel in the U.S. Army after 28 years’ service.  During the Vietnam War, he was awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action while engaged in combat.

Bob worked in the Office of Alumni Relations at Lafayette College for an additional 26 years and retired in 2010.  He was also an adjunct professor of history at Lafayette.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church, Easton.  He served on the board of the National Canal Museum, Easton, and volunteered at the Third Street Alliance and Habitat for Humanity.

Surviving with his wife, Anne, are his children, Catherine A. Mueller of Badin, NC; Patricia N. Culbertson of Charlottesville, VA; Robert L. Nourse of Easton; and James R. Nourse of State College, PA; eleven grandchildren; and one great-grand child.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, December 10, 2017 in Trinity Episcopal Church, 234 Spring Garden Street, Easton.  The Ashton Funeral Home, Easton is handling the arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to Trinity Episcopal Church.  Offer online condolences at

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  1. Laura and Jim Szabo

    December 6, 2017 at 8:45 am

    To the Nourses, Please accept our deepest sympathy for the loss of Bob. He was such an impressive and accomplished man. We have very fond memories of enjoying his company during the holidays; and we loved listening to those great stories of his life, his service and his work. It was an honor to know him! With much love, Laura and Jim

  2. The Rev. Canon Cliford B. Carr

    December 8, 2017 at 7:52 am

    May he Rest in Peace and Rise in Glory!

  3. Daniel Charney

    December 8, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Bob was a great person. I loved listening to his stories as we drove to West Point for the football game. I treasure those memories.

    May God grant you His peace and give you strength and courage to move forward.