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HOHENFELS, Germany — Colleagues referred to him as “Mr. FBLA,” the acronym for an organization dedicated to students who mean to master business.

The Department of Defense Dependents Schools Europe announced Friday that Hohenfels Middle High School teacher Bob Delonge, a 36-year veteran of the school system, had died after a long illness. Delonge passed away March 3 in Amberg, Germany, according to a DODDS news release.

In addition to Hohenfels, Delonge taught in Stuttgart and Bad Aibling. He is perhaps best known for his work to develop the Future Business Leaders of America chapters in DODDS Europe. Started about 30 years ago, the DODDS branch in Europe currently has more than 500 student members and about two dozen adult advisers.

Delonge’s efforts on behalf of FBLA were so central to the DODDS-Europe program that it intends to name an award after him, the release said, quoting Glenn Parrow, a Kaiserslautern High School teacher. The Robert Delonge Outstanding FBLA Award will annually recognize the premiere chapter within DODDS Europe.

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