KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR (KYN)
This page includes "personal profiles" of the residents/owners of Palm Colony.
This information is intended to help create a more personal neighborhood atmosphere.
KYN seeks individuals who might be willing to share unique information:
careers, hobbies, experiences, travels, life lessons, etc.
If you would like to recommend someone please email the information to:
Palm Colony Communication Committee
Meet Robert “Bob” Baxter, a Palm Colony owner for the last 21 years.
He has been a member of the Palm Colony Homeowners Association Board for over 14 years and President for the last 12 years. Some around here refer to him as the “Super Volunteer”. He decided this season to pass the gavel and spend his time on other things.
He will continue to spend “the season” (Oct.-April) in Bonita Springs and the summers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Bob has two children and four grandchildren.
His daughter and her husband live in Kentucky with their 14-year-old son. Bob’s son has three children and lives in Los Angeles. His son, 22 years old, lives in Los Angeles; his daughter (27) lives in San Francisco and the other daughter (25) lives in New York.
Bob’s wife Beth passed away a year ago. They were married for 55 years. Beth was a mathematician, teaching and consulting in many areas. When she retired she surprised Bob and many of us by publishing three novels. She also loved to knit. While they were from the same city Flint, Michigan they didn’t meet until after high school. Surprisingly they met on a golf course even though Bob doesn’t enjoy golf but Beth was very good at it. Bob eventually took up tennis to try and keep up with Beth’s pace of activities.
Bob and Beth loved to travel to places like Barcelona, Nairobi, Cairo and all places far and intriguing.
Bob received his undergraduate degree from Albion College and his MD from The University of Michigan.
Bob “tried” fly fishing once when he was younger. He was actually summoned by one of his grandfathers to join him and “was utterly bored standing in water up to your waist waiting for a fish to bite”. His other grandfather took him bow hunting, but after he killed his first rabbit that concluded his hunting experiences.
Bob’s career in child and adolescent psychiatry was very consuming. He concentrated most of his career on directing child and adolescent program development.
Part of his early career focused on the assessment and evaluation of state child and adolescent detention programs and facilities. He encountered many antiquated programs and facilities. Bob testified in major federal cases that concluded in the closing and significant reorganization of these early child and adolescent communities.
He was called upon by several major state and university organizations to start-up psychiatric programs. In Texas he worked for the University of Texas Medical School to establish the first adolescent psychiatric in-patient unit in the state of Texas.
At Vanderbilt he became the director of in-patient services for child psychiatry and Director of psychiatric education.
Bob also held key positions at the University of Michigan and the University of Louisville.
Bob expects that with the myriad of talent currently residing in Palm Colony and with the continuing influx of new owners being added to the confines of Palm Colony that our community will continue to be a premier place to live and play.
Know Your Neighbor
SUE E. ENOS
Our neighbor, Sue Enos, splits her time with her husband, Lou, between Ivory Cane Dr. and New York. She was a middle school principal in New York before she retired and rediscovered a passion for painting, an interest from her youth.
Sue works in pretty much all types of art media including oils and pastels. She uses acrylics on large canvases when in Florida (the northern exposure while in her garage is great for painting) and uses oils in New York with smaller canvases. She loves to do figures and portraits and recently hosted a workshop on florals. Sue is interested in trying ceramics and sculpture but hasn’t quite found the time yet.
Sue has submitted her paintings to various shows and has won several awards. She has had a couple of her works commissioned but was not interested in making it a business. A lot of her paintings end up under her bed. She wouldn’t mind selling some just to get them out into the world.
Five years ago Sue met a master artist, Carmelo Blandino, in Naples who happens to live a few miles from where she and her husband live in New York. He asked Sue to organize his workshops in Naples, Florida and she has arranged five of them so far.
Sue finds painting very stimulating. She used so much of her left-brain while being a school principal that she now loves to use her right-brain. She feels that her painting is a vacation for her brain. Sue encourages others to give painting a try. “You really don’t need a lot of talent but you do need to really enjoy it…you can learn to draw and with abstract painting today you can express what you feel through painting.” A good place to start is at the Center for The Arts in Bonita Springs. There is an open house every January that gives you an overall look at what is available based on an individual’s likes.
Sue and Lou have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. She is also a member of the Pelican Landing Fitness Committee.
So now you…KNOW YOUR NEIGHBOR!