Christendom mourns the passing of alumnus Bob Hambleton ’81, who passed away peacefully in his home on November 17, 2023. One of the pioneering original 26 students who enrolled at Christendom in 1977, Bob was a passionate Catholic, known for his endless generosity, sense of humor, and unending love for his family and friends. Bob was 66.

Born in California, Bob moved to Virginia to become one of Christendom’s first students in 1977. There, he met his beloved wife, Amy, who started attending the college during its first year on its Front Royal, Virginia, campus in 1979. For both of them, attending Christendom in those early years was akin to an adventure. The Front Royal campus consisted of only four buildings at first, including the “quad” — the original residence hall, which Hambleton himself helped renovate.

Bob and Amy Hambleton (center) on their wedding day.

Bob and Amy Hambleton (center) on their wedding day.

After getting married to Amy and settling in Northern Virginia, Bob successfully started his own business, Hambleton Lawn & Landscape, which has employed many Christendom alumni over the years. Bob and Amy also proceeded to have 17 children who they homeschooled, with eleven of those children attending Christendom so far. Bob cared deeply for his many children and wanted them to share in the faith he held so passionately, resulting in him encouraging them to attend his alma mater.

Bob and Amy at the wedding of their daughter, Anne '16.

Bob and Amy at the wedding of their daughter, Annie ’16.

“Our children are gifts that were given to us by God, and we want to do the right thing by these gifts,” said Bob in 2016. “We feel that Christendom is the best gift to give to them — that’s due to the liberal arts education, taught by faculty who truly make the Faith come alive, and due to the life-long friendships that form at the college as well.”

The entire Hambleton family threw a Batman-themed party for Bob while he was battling cancer. This picture illustrates his incredible legacy, with nearly all of his seventeen children and his fifty-three grandchildren featured in the picture.

Bob leaves behind an incredible legacy of generosity, sacrifice, and love. This is seen most especially in his family, with Bob survived by his beloved wife, Amy, his seventeen children Michael (Heather ’05), David ‘05 (Mary ‘05), Stephen ‘06 (Angela ’06), Tom ‘07 (Mary ‘07), Joe ‘09 (Corinne), Johnny ‘11 (Stephanie), Rob ‘13 (Theresa ‘13), Karen ‘14 Salmon (Tommy ‘13), Annie ‘16 O’Brien (Ben ‘19), Marie, Andrew ‘20, Ed, Kathleen, James ‘21, Caroline ‘22 Fallon (Paul), Sarah, and Phillip, as well as 53 grandchildren. He is also survived by brothers Joe ‘81, Phillip ‘80, and Steve; sisters Annie ‘82, Lisa, and Amy Sue; and a large extended family.

Bob will be sorely missed by the entire Christendom community.

May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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