Robert E. Gipe, 67, of Woolwich, a former Vineland public schoolteacher, died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday, Aug. 9, at Penn Hospice at Rittenhouse in Philadelphia.
After a career in store management, Mr. Gipe was a teacher at the Cunningham Alternative School since 2004. "It was a difficult assignment, but he loved it," his wife, Susan, said in a phone interview.
Born in Hagerstown, Md., Mr. Gipe earned a bachelor's in economics at the University of Maryland in 1969 and a master's in educational psychology at Salisbury (Md.) State College in 1973.
After serving as a U.S. Army water-treatment specialist, with duties such as installing and operating water purification equipment, Mr. Gipe was in management for Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Pennsylvania and South Jersey, opening its store in the Burlington Center Mall in Burlington Township in 1984 as the store manager, his wife said.