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“I grew up in Wellsville and lived a few blocks away for most of my youth. I graduated in 1955, a year or two ahead of Jon. Many pleasant memories of...Read More »
1 of 26 | Posted by: Bill Armstrong - Cornville,, AZ

“I just learned about the passing of a great person. Anyone from Wellsville who lived in the town from mid 20th century knew and liked the Kiggins...Read More »
2 of 26 | Posted by: James "Ed" Nelson - sanford, NC

“Penny, I'm so sad to hear about Bob.Lots of prayers going up for you and your beautiful family and just know that I'm thinking of all of you.Love...Read More »
3 of 26 | Posted by: Dorinda Gardner - N. Charleston,, SC

“In the ten years we worked together at SCRA, I found Bob to be an excellent manager, particularly adept at business development and negotiation. ...Read More »
4 of 26 | Posted by: Larry Druffel - Salem, SC

“Many ATI associates received our first business exposure from Bob, as he hired quite a few of us following our military service. His patient,...Read More »
5 of 26 | Posted by: Dale Orren - Goose Creek, SC

“Amy JoI am sorry for your loss.My thoughts and Prayers are with youif you need anything please let me knowDenese & Bill ”
6 of 26 | Posted by: Denese Brown - indianapolis, IN

“It was a real honor to meet Bob. Incredible man. Hard worker and great friend. Every time I was with him I learned new things. Always he was with a...Read More »
7 of 26 | Posted by: Maria J. Nunez - Valencia. Spain

“Praying for Amy and her family. I'm so sorry for your loss. ”
8 of 26 | Posted by: Nathan Howard - Indianapolis, IN

“Penny, You have my heartfelt condolence. I know how much the two of you loved each other. I remember seeing you, Robert, and his family after the...Read More »
9 of 26 | Posted by: Edith Trainer Morlino - WV

Bob trying out the new bean bag chairs at ATI “Bob was larger than life and will be greatly missed by many. He was a great mentor and I am extremely grateful to have had the chance to work with...Read More »
10 of 26 | Posted by: Kathy Zolman - Charleston, SC

“It was a pleasure to know you and really tough to say goodbye. "The best ornaments of a house are the people who frequent it" and you were a...Read More »
11 of 26 | Posted by: Sherry and Baird Oldfield - SC

“Dear Robert,How lucky we cousins were as kids. I remember especially the summer vacations at Guilford Lake playing games, swimming, racing for the...Read More »
12 of 26 | Posted by: Gail Reed - Albion, MI - Family

“I first met Mr. Kiggans at his granddaughters' swim meet. He was a wonderful supporter of his granddaughters Hannah and Kaleigh and attended most of...Read More »
13 of 26 | Posted by: Julia & Anthony and Sophia Vanderpool - SC

“I was so saddened to hear about Bob's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with Penny and her family. ”
14 of 26 | Posted by: Libba King - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“More than ten years ago, Bob introduced himself and Penny at a home basketball game. I enjoyed sitting near the Conroy teammates. When I couldn't...Read More »
15 of 26 | Posted by: Elizabeth Connor - Charleston, SC

“Bob was a great friend. He was always positive, saw only the best in people and always responded to my pleas for help. I will miss him at Citadel...Read More »
16 of 26 | Posted by: Dave Bornhorst - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“Bob always exhibited his most endearing quality- a smile to let you know that he was there as a friend. His career from The Citadel throughout the...Read More »
17 of 26 | Posted by: Tommy McQueeney - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Will always appreciate the guidance and support Bob gave to me early in my career! Rest in peace and prayers to his entire family and friends in...Read More »
18 of 26 | Posted by: John Hilbert - Washington, DC

“Bob was not only my boss, but a great friend and a huge mentor in my professional development. Bob taught me about life, relationships, and business....Read More »
19 of 26 | Posted by: Thornton White - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“I am very sorry for your loss. Bob was a great guy and will be truly missed. Thoughts and prayers to your family in this difficult time. ”
20 of 26 | Posted by: TR Brandt - Wellsville, OH

“I will miss your daily emails my friend, they always lifted my spirit . Rest in peace now. Bob, you will always be in my thoughts and prayers. ...Read More »
21 of 26 | Posted by: Phillip La Scola - East Liverpool, OH

“Bob hired me into Human Resources at SCRA/ATI. We worked together for 16 years. He always showed compassion for employees and held everyone to high...Read More »
22 of 26 | Posted by: Deb Davidson - Charleston, SC

“Rest in peace, dear Bob. ”
23 of 26 | Posted by: Clara de la Torre - Brussels

“I had the pleasure of working with Bob during his tenure as an ITI board member. I will remember him for his love of family, gentle spirit, positive...Read More »
24 of 26 | Posted by: Jamie Flerlage - Cincinnati, OH

“Bob gave me my first job out of grad school...I think it helped that I was a Citadel grad! I remember being intimidated when I first entered his...Read More »
25 of 26 | Posted by: Chris Kauffman - Orlando, FL

“Amy, Kelly, I am sorry for your loss. All of you will be in our prayers. Know there will be Warriors that are around to help. ”
26 of 26 | Posted by: Ryan Floyd - North Charleston, SC

Robert Gene Kiggans, 75, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Penny Weekley Kiggans entered into eternal rest Friday, August 31, 2018 surrounded by his family at home. His funeral service will be held Sunday, September 9, 2018, in Summerall Chapel, The Citadel at 1:00 p.m. Entombment following will be in The Citadel Bell Tower. Arrangements by J. HENRY STUHR, INC. MOUNT PLEASANT CHAPEL.

Bob was born on April 14, 1943 in East Liverpool, Ohio. He was the younger brother to Jon Kiggans and the son of the late Harry Leroy Kiggans and Margaret Blackwood Kiggans. He graduated from Wellsville High School in 1961 where he was a letterman in football, basketball, and track. He was inducted into the Wellsville High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He married his high school sweetheart at Wellsville Central Methodist Church shortly after he graduated from the Citadel, Class of 1965. There he was a three-year letterman in basketball and co-captain his senior year. He received Gold Stars and made the Dean's List on several occasions.

Bob spent twenty years in the US Air Force and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. While with the Air Force Strategic Air Command, Bob was a Radar Navigator on the B-52 Aircraft flying over 150 combat missions in Southeast Asia. He received several decorations including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Air Medal with one silver and four bronze Oak Leaf Clusters. He obtained his Masters of Science with Honors Degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology.

He had over thirty years of experience in advanced computer and product data technologies, program and technical management, manufacturing technologies, and command and control systems. Bob served as the Vice Chairman of the Board of International TechneGroup, Inc., on the ASM International Council of Advisors, and on the Citadel Engineering Advisory Board. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of SCRA and President of its Federal Sector. Bob was the first President and CEO of Advanced Technology Institute and General Manager of PDES, Inc. Prior to that he was Vice President of SCRA and Director of the Advanced Technology Group and the Director for C3I Advanced Systems at Cincinnati Electronics. He was Deputy Director at Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency before joining Cincinnati Electronics.

Bob was appointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce as the United States Head of Delegation to the Intelligent Manufacturing Systems program and later became the Chairman. He was a Research Fellow with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, a former senior member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a Tau Beta Pi Eminent Engineer. He was awarded the prestigious International Leadership Award by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his outstanding leadership in furthering the discipline of computers and information in engineering. Bob served as the initial Director of the Ronald E. McNair Aerospace Center at the University of South Carolina. He served as the Chairman of STEM Premier in South Carolina, was a recipient of SCRA's Knowledge Economist Award in South Carolina, and he was inducted into the Academy of Engineers as a 2018 Honoree of The Citadel.

Bob never met a stranger and lived life to the fullest. He enjoyed serving as a mentor to students and business professionals. His favorite pastimes included playing tennis at Snee Farm, watching his grandchildren swim and play soccer, attending sporting events, Thursday morning breakfasts with his friends, traveling, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of fifty three years, Penny Kiggans of Mount Pleasant, SC and their three daughters, Colleen Lawler (Paul) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Amy Kiggans of Indianapolis, IN, and Kelly Simon (Scott) of Mount Pleasant, SC; brother, Jon Kiggans (Ann) of Saint Petersburg, FL, and six grandchildren, Hannah, Kaleigh, Robert, Mia, Sloane and Cameron.

Memorials may be made to The Citadel Brigadier Foundation Memorial Fund, 171 Moultrie Street Charleston, SC 29409

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