Over his 104 years, Robert “Bob” Doolan ’35 has generously served our country and shared his story with St. Xavier students. On March 21, In honor of his 104th birthday, the Marching Bombers and several faculty, staff, family, and friends attended a surprise parade to commemorate his birthday.
Fourteen years ago, around his 90th birthday, Mr. Doolan spoke to students sharing his harrowing experience as a POW during WWII. After his B-17 bomber was shot down he traded his St. Xavier class ring for provisions knowing that the English language on his ring would identify him as an American and place him in further danger. During his visit to St. Xavier, he was given a replica of his class ring which he wears to this day around his neck on a chain.
This year, the Marching Bombers, along with nearly 100 cars of well-wishers surprised Mr. Doolan with a parade to celebrate the occasion of his 104th birthday. The event was covered by local media and Mr. Doolan said, “I think it’s great. I’d like to see 105 next year,” Doolan said. “It was unbelievable. I’m not worth all that.”
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