Robert Hewitt ’69

Robert Hewitt, a native of Massillon, Ohio, lettered in football and track four years at Bluffton. His 86-yard kickoff return for a score was a Bluffton record for a few years, and his 92-yard run from scrimmage remains tied for_hewittr the fifth-longest in school history. He also had a 72-yard run from scrimmage as a freshman and a 70-yard run as a senior.

He was selected as a first-team All-Mid-Ohio Conference halfback in 1967 and 1968, and All-NAIA District 22 in 1968. He led his team in rushing twice and was the top scorer once. He ranks 18th on the Bluffton career rushing list with 1,682 yards.r_hewitt_fb

In track Hewitt was a member of the school record-setting 440-yard and mile relay teams. The mile team also established a MOC mark. At the Tri-State Relays his senior year, he was a member of winning teams in the sprint medley relay, 440-yard relay, 880-yard relay and mile relay.

After leaving Bluffton, he earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in social work from Wayne State University and the University of Pittsburgh, respectively.

From 1987 until his retirement in 2008, Hewitt was a faculty member in social work at Shippensburg (Pa.) University. Previously, he had spent more than 15 years working for the federal government both as an Army officer and a civilian, living and working in Panama for 11 of those years.r_hewitt_clipping

In addition to his duties at Shippensburg, he has taught social work principles in the community. Other activities have included leading a support group for parents of pre-teens and teenagers in Chambersburg, Pa., and conducting a date rape/rape violence workshop for high school juniors and seniors.