Bob Heller '74


Some may have considered Bob Heller an “undersized” center at 6’2” and 205 lbs.  He was also considered the top small college center in the nation in both his junior and senior seasons.  The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) named him a Division III Kodak All-American in 1972 and 1973.   He was also named in both seasons to the All-New England and All-Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) teams.  Through this most recent 2009 football season, Bob is only one of two Cardinals to be named an AFCA All-American in consecutive seasons. 

In his Long Island high school Bob excelled in football, track and wrestling.  At Weslelyan he played freshman football but saw only limited action on the varsity as a sophomore. Before the 1972 season Coach Macdermott promised Bob a shot as starting center.  It paid off.  Wesleyan rushed for an unprecedented (and unequaled) 1,980 yards in 1972 (247.5 yds per game).  Bob was a team captain in 1973 and repeated as an All-American. He also lettered in track in 1971 and 1972, throwing the discus and the shot-put.  In junior and senior years he lettered in lacrosse. 

Bob earned a degree from the New England School of Law in Boston in 1979 and has practiced law since.  In Seattle he has specialized in workman’s compensation litigation.  He has also been an advocate:    past co-chair and facilitator of the Washington State Deaf-Blind Task force; past chair of the King County Bar Association Committee on Legal Problems of the Disadvantaged; past President of the Board of Daybreak Family Homes; and a founding Board Member of the Washington State Deaf-Blind Service Center.  Bob speaks before cancer support groups, is a special service provider for the Deaf-Blind community, and was a long-time volunteer with VAPWA (Volunteer Attorneys for Persons with AIDS).