October 21: Happy Birthday! Robert Sidney Haltiwanger


Robert Sidney Haltiwanger was born on this day in 1893, in South Carolina, to Daniel Sidney and Jennie Gordon Haltiwanger.

He attended Davidson College and planned to study medicine, but decided that he liked teaching better.  He earned his Master’s Degree from Duke University.

He served in the United States Navy during World War I, and moved to Winston-Salem in 1919. He and his wife, Janie, built a home in the new Ardmore neighborhood.

Robert joined the Winston-Salem school system, and was one of the original faculty members of  R. J. Reynolds High School.  He taught at Reynolds until 1934, when he was chosen to be principal of Hanes Junior High School.  This school became a high school the following year.  He worked at Hanes until he retired in 1959.

In the early days of his career, he helped organize athletic programs and scientific courses.

He was known as “Halty” by his former students, and enjoyed his post-retirement involvement with former students and faculty.

He was active in First Presbyterian Church and in the Winston-Salem Civitan Club.

Robert passed away in 1986.

Photo courtesy of Forsyth County Public Library Photograph Collection.

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