Robert J. Kamilli
Since Bob and Diana Kamilli were married in 1969, most of their friends, other than family, have been geologists or married to geologists.
When they joined the Harvard Club of Southern Arizona in 2013, their circle of friends expanded like the Universe in the first nanosecond after the Big Bang (give or take a couple of nanos). They greatly enjoy the monthly luncheons and the broad spectrum of talks and speakers. It is always fun to chat about substantive issues with the friendly, knowledgeable people.
They especially enjoy the book club, a subset of Harvard Club people that meets monthly to discuss books that they would not necessarily choose to read on their own.
Harvard had a profound influence on both their lives, especially since they were there for seven years - almost twice the length of time that a typical undergraduate spends in Cambridge. It is nice to be able to talk about that period of their lives without the fear of being accused of name-dropping.
Bob holds a PhD in geology from Harvard; Diana from Rutgers. Bob came to Tucson in 1989 from the U.S. Geological Survey Mission in Saudi Arabia to work at the newly created USGS office located on the University of Arizona campus. Although both are retired, Bob remains active as a scientist emeritus with the USGS and as an adjunct professor in the UA Geosciences Department.
He is also a member of the Board of Directors at the Imago Dei Middle School, an independent, tuition-free school for children from economically disadvantaged families in Tucson.