WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) released the following statement today on the passing of Robert ‘Bob’ E. Waxman:
"I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend and a great American, Bob Waxman. Bob was an outstanding public servant who served our nation for over five decades at Patuxent River and Webster Field.
“Under his leadership, Webster Field saw unprecedented growth and expansion and survived five rounds of base closures and realignments. I worked closely with Bob to prevent the closure of Webster Field, and I can say with confidence that the installation would not be what it is today without his leadership and his tireless efforts to grow its business and ensure that the federal government knew how essential the base and its work was to the military. Bob’s tireless advocacy and passion for Webster Field ensured that thousands of jobs in Southern Maryland were protected. He was known affectionately by his colleagues as the Mayor of Webster Field, and he cared deeply about the base and its employees.
“Bob was one of the finest people I've ever met, and I'll miss him greatly. My thoughts are with his many friends and family, and I join in remembering the significant, lasting impact he had on our County, our state, and our nation."