When we released the butterflies that we hatched, one did not want to let go of Robbie's shirt.
Selfie time! Robbie, his friend Brendan (also a Team Franks 4 classmate), and his younger brother, Will, volunteered at Sea Bag Week.
Long before 4/C Robert “Robbie” Duseau was a cadet majoring in Marine Engineering at Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he was a member of Team Franks 4. That’s right! I was Robbie’s 4th grade teacher at Indian Brook Elementary School in South Plymouth.
Every quality that makes Robbie a wonderful cadet was already evident in 4th grade. He was confident, curious, and hardworking. Robbie welcomed a challenge and never failed to contribute to a class discussion. He was a team player, working well with all of his classmates. Although he loved to have a good time, Robbie was well behaved, and respectful of adults.
I’d like to think that it was my wonderful science lessons on electricity that prompted Robbie to become major in marine engineering, but that is probably not the case. At least our five-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the sinking of Titanic did not weaken Robbie’s love of ships.
In 2018, while I was serving as the Hospitality Chair of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Parents Association (MMAPA), Robbie’s mom not only baked cookies for the MMAPA Cookie Café, she volunteered with me as well. The following summer, Robbie a friend, and his younger brother spent a day volunteering in the sweltering MMA gymnasium during Sea Bag Week. That’s when I discovered that neatly rolling and folding boiler suits was one of Robbie’s many talents. When Robbie was inducted to the National Honor Society as a junior at Plymouth South High School, he chose me as his sponsor.
I was thrilled when Robbie posted his “I’m In” photo, indicating that he would be part of Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s Class Of 2024. At the time, Robbie and I had no idea that the pandemic would extend into 2021. We looked forward to being on Sea Term 2021 together when I joined the ship in a tropical port. We’re hoping that will be possible during Sea Term 2022 and Sea Term 2024. For now, Robbie’s 4th grade teacher is bursting with pride as she types this tribute.
Wishing you a wonderful Sea Term Robbie! I am so proud of you!
This is where it all began - Indian Brook Elementary School in Plymouth.
Robbie's love of the water extended to happily getting drenched with his teammates on Field Day.
This photo of Robbie made my day!