Faculty Profile: Bob Trowbridge
Subjects taught: AP Calculus, Math Analysis, Algebra II / Finite Math, Geometry
High School: University City High School
Undergrad: DePauw University
Masters: UM-St. Louis
Bob Trowbridge is one-of-a-kind. His dry wit, his jovial outlook, and his dedication to teaching his students is evident. Trowbridge is in his 11th year at Vianney, having retired from the Parkway School District where he worked as a math teacher and a celebrated football coach. At Vianney, Trowbridge teaches AP Calculus, Math Analysis, Geometry, and Algebra II/Finite Math.
Trowbridge is from St. Louis and he attended University City High School. He earned his undergrad degree from DePauw University in Indiana, and obtained his masters’ degree from UM-St. Louis.
“Algebra, and Mathematics in general, is a problem-solving course,” Trowbidge said.
“Our base philosophy will be the principle expressed by St. Thomas Aquinas in his prayer, ‘Lord, Make Me an Instrument of Peace.’ Where there is darkness, we need light, where pain we need comfort, saddness needs joy, where there is hatred we show love, and we overcome addition by subtracting, we reverse multiplication with division. Problems are solved by taking a counter approach, in both math and in our lives.”
10 QUESTIONS WITH BOB TROWBRIDGE
- My favorite activity these days is watching my kids play sports. I have a volleyball playing daughter and a son who plays lacrosse, football and hockey.
- An event I want to be at in the future is the celebration at the Lincoln Memorial when everyone comes together to celebrate that Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream Speech” has come true.
- If I could meet anyone from the past, I’d like another chance to meet my father. I didn’t truly appreciate all he had done for me and given me and how hard it can be to be a good father. He made it look so easy. I wish I had some more time with him to tell him how well his grandchildren are turning out.
- If I were a fictional character, I would be Atticus Finch from “To Kill a Mockingbird”. He was a good father for his two children, he always demonstrated respect for all he met, was a man of great integrity, and was admirable in all he did.
- The songs on my soundtrack would be “Take It to the Limit” by the Eagles, “Show Me the Way” by Styx, and “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of La Mancha”
- Lately I have been told I look like Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.
- The hardest thing I ever did was a bike ride from Grand Junction, Colorado to Durango. I was in my twenties and rode a lot. The distance of 180 miles was not too intimidating for a ride spread over two and half days. My mistake was not checking the topography. I did not realize to get to Durango, I had to climb Red Mountain Pass and cross the Continental Divide, an elevation of 11,000 feet. It was really tough going up, and really scary on the downhill.
- If I could learn to do anything, it would be to play the banjo! I would be pickin’ and grinnin’.
- If I were to travel to a place I have never been, I would like to go to the Alps, Switzerland, and Austria. I would go for some winter skiing and then stay through the spring time as the mountains greened up.
- If I were trapped in a TV show, I would pick “Cheers” where everyone knows your name. I would enjoy the camaraderie with Sam, Coach, Norm, Cliff, Diane and Carla. Everyone there has a second family in that bar that cares about them even though they are on each other too.