Bob Donaldson fell in love with history and foreign languages as a teenager, and has been a life-long learner of both. He credits his father’s love of history and literature for the first love, and his father’s insistence that he study Latin beginning at age 13 (even though his preference was German) for the second.
His early college career at Austin College was focused on German and Math before being interrupted by military service. He studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute and served in the US Army as a Russian linguist in Germany for over 6 years, including a year or so as an instructor in a joint-service cryptologic school. During that time he completed his degree (University of Maryland) with a major in Government and minors in History, Russian, German and Math. After leaving the service, he worked on a Masters in Slavic Linguistics at the University of Texas (Austin) and Charles University (Prague, Czechoslovakia) before leaving school to pursue a career in software development and technology consulting.
For the past 30 years his business career has allowed him to live in or travel frequently to Germany, Russia, the Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium, Hungary, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand, and many other places. He also speaks frequently at international conferences on language technologies. Along the way, he continued to study history as an avocation and has also picked up bits and pieces of several foreign languages. He still travels some on business and thanks to the wonders of the internet, he is able to teach class occasionally from other continents. In his “spare time”, he reads, runs and watches baseball (the Astros) or Formula 1 racing.
He and his wife, Nancy were among the founding families at Regents School of Austin, where their two now-grown children were both educated. (Two of their four grandchildren now attend!) Bob made frequent guest appearances in history, language and philosophy classes for several years. He also served on the national board of the Association of Classical Christian Schools for almost two decades.
Mr. Donaldson currently serves as a Ruling Elder at All Saints Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Austin.