In the realm of work, some individuals transcend their professional roles to become an integral part of our lives. Such was the case with former Head of School (1970 – 1978) Robert B. Gaw, who died peacefully on October 24, 2023, in Reno, Nevada, USA, aged 94.
We mourn the loss of a remarkable colleague and celebrate the enduring legacy of a person whose contributions have left an indelible mark on our school.
Robert B. Gaw, affectionately known as Bob, was a dedicated educator and visionary leader who embarked on a journey of excellence from the beginning. Graduating with a Business Administration degree from the University of California, Berkeley, his journey began in 1953 as a teacher in Nevada, USA, which led to roles as a principal, coach, and superintendent.
In 1970, Robert B. Gaw was invited to lead the International School of Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) as HoS, embarking on a transformative journey. He played a pivotal role in managing the construction of a new campus in Jalan Kolam Ayer Lama. He is remembered for involving teachers in the design and curriculum development, significantly improving the school. He also led ISKL through its first accreditation process and achieved many other accomplishments. Even today, we can see his valuable contribution to our school whenever we enter the Robert B. Gaw Theatre.
Gaw, fondly remembered by many, held ISKL in his heart, as shared by his son Kevin Gaw (’78).
“He and my mom, Jane Gaw (who passed in 2021), cherished their time in Malaysia and loved working at ISKL, where they developed deep and lasting friendships with ISKL staff, faculty, and parents. Bob and Jane also experienced the joy of supporting the learning and development of many ISKL students. There’s no doubt that ISKL and Malaysia were profoundly important to Bob, Jane, and the rest of the family.
If you have a cup of coffee or tea in hand, a glass of water, or a tumbler, please raise it and honor Bob with your thoughts. He will be missed greatly by many.”
Gaw’s passing is a profound loss to our school. Still, his memory will forever be a guiding light, reminding us of the heights we can achieve when we commit ourselves to excellence, mentorship, and selfless service.
As we honor his memory, let us pledge to carry forward his vision, continue his excellent work, and live up to the standards of integrity and dedication he set for us. In doing so, we ensure that his legacy lives on in our work and the lives we touch.
Eulogies from our ISKL Community
Thank you to our ISKL community for these heartfelt eulogies that have captured the essence of Robert B. Gaw’s life. Your words bring comfort and solace during this difficult time, helping us remember and honor his memory.