It was extremely interesting watching him deal with the Indians from Andhra Pradesh. [He was training] Peace Corps volunteers going to Andhra Pradesh, and of course by that time Bob had been to India. When I was dealing with them it was clearly an American talking to people from Andhra Pradesh, without any doubt. But Bob just seemed to blend right in with them and was able to adopt their point of view, understand what they were saying and say things that one of them could’ve said. And they loved him. We called them, I guess, “language informants” because they were there to help teach these young Americans the rudiments of the language of Andhra Pradesh. Now Indians tend to be rather intrusive and demanding. I think they sort of view — the rich Americans should be able to do anything. So one of the Indians asked to borrow my car for an extended period of time and I really couldn’t do that. We had only one car and I needed it, and so I thought, “Well, what would Bob say?” So I said to them, “I’d like to, but you know I really love my car and I simply can’t give it to someone else because I love it so much.” And they understood that. I mean, rather than say, “Gee I really need it.” And that’s exactly the kind of thing that Bob was able to do all of the time.

David Booth,
Former Political Science Professor