Niagara Gazette


July 8, 2013

HIGGS: One door closes, another opens


Niagara Gazette — I recently heard from Robert Game, a former Trott student who wrote how he was part of the structural drafting and design program. He said he was in over his head dealing with mathematics and by his junior year he hated the subject. Fortunately his homeroom teacher during his senior year was Robert Hall, a new young math instructor at Trott. Encouraged to take trigonometry and advanced algebra over again, Bob stated everything came into perspective through Robert Hall as he made math simple. Bob went on to NCCC, majored in math and eventually majored in civil/sanitary engineering at SUNYAB.

His drafting teachers at Trott were Edward Reichert and William Linton. Due to their diligence he gained a head start in structural design which led to the basic introductory engineering courses at UB. Following his graduation and degree he became the director of water and sewer utilities in both Niagara Falls and Shreveport, La. Bob is now retired but ended his career at the Paducah/McCracken Joint Sewer Agency in Kentucky and returned to head the newly formed Niagara Falls Water Board a few years ago. He credits his teachers at Trott Vocational for laying the groundwork and interest in pursuing a public utilities career.

His older brothers Paul and Bill Game also attended Trott and went on to successful business careers using the knowledge that began during their early education. Paul was in the millwright program and later owned his own construction company in Lewiston for 30 years building luxury homes during that time. Bill became a city fireman and also owned and operated the Ziebert Rustproofing franchise in Niagara Falls. Today they are the developers and builders of The Gardens at Oxbow, a traditional neighborhood housing development in Lewiston.

His sister Carol went to NFHS and married Trott graduate Fred Voutour who became the Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds for the Wilson Central School District. His family credits their formative education at Trott as a large part of the future successful careers. He said it was a shame Trott was not kept open or at least rejuvenated at another city location, especially in light of the shortage of skilled workers in today’s economy.

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