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Robert N. Hyde II
*Robert Hyde was born on this date in 1916. He was a Black educator and administrator.
From Des Moines, Iowa, Robert N. Hyde II was the son of Branham and Stella Hyde; he also had a sister (Maxine Graham). A graduate of North High School in Des Moines, Hyde received his Bachelor of Science degree in philosophy from Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) in 1941 and his Master of Science in Education degree from Drake University in 1970.
He was a major in the US Army during World War II and made the military his career until retiring in 1963. While serving his country in 1946, he married Mary Stallworth Hyde and they had two sons, Robert and Eric. Hyde began a second career in the Des Moines Public School system in 1964 as an elementary school teacher at Elm Grove. In 1973, he was appointed principal at Casady School. At the time of his retirement in 1988, he was principal at Monroe-Rice School.
Hyde was passionate about education, teaching, and was proud of the leadership roles he played as a classroom teacher, as a coordinator with Teacher Corps, and as an administrator. Another satisfaction and source of pride came from the beautiful roses in his garden. Robert N. Hyde II died on February 23, 2014.