Bob Kosher lives in Farmington with his wife Caroline Dealy, a Professor at the UConn Health Center and their two children, Rowena, age 18, a former All State gymnast who is currently a Freshman at Emory University in Atlanta, and Lavinia, age 13, who has been dancing at BTC for 6 years and is a member of BTCII. Bob has two older (forty something) daughters, Kim Swisher and Lori Lucey living in Granby and Glastonbury, respectively, and is blessed with three grandchildren, 17 year old Ben Swisher, 6 year old Ella Lucey and 4 year old Leah Lucey.
Bob, who is currently retired, received his Ph.D. degree in Developmental Biology at Temple University, and postdoctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. For over 30 years he was a Professor at the UConn Health Center in the Departments of Anatomy, Genetics and Developmental Biology, Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development, and Orthopedics where he was engaged in teaching medical, dental, and graduate students, as well as directing biomedical research programs aimed at understanding the genes and signals that regulate embryonic limb and skeletal development, and the directed differentiation of human embryonic stem cells into chondrogenic cells with potential for repair of damaged cartilage such as in osteoarthritis.
Bob is now happily retired and particularly enjoying his passion for painting (oils, acrylics, and pastels), reading, long walks, and trying to keep up with the challenging schedules of his children. He is active in his church currently serving as a deacon, a member of the Service and Outreach Committee, and chair of the Social Justice Task Force which develops programs addressing racism, gun violence, LGBT rights, and fostering interfaith relationships and understanding.
Throughout the years his daughter has been dancing at BTC, Bob has come to greatly appreciate dance as a beautiful and exciting art form that can touch people’s lives in many ways, and is pleased to make a small contribution to enhance its further growth.