As a freshman at DePauw, Bob Doolittle organized the school's
first swim team in 1925. He also served as a student assistant in
the Physical Education department and taught swimming to men and
life saving to women. Captain and high point man of the team during
his sophomore and junior years, he was one of the top freestyle and
backstroke swimmers in college circles. After DePauw, Doolittle
entered the Air Corps cadet training program, and graduated as a
2nd Lieutenant in the Army Air Force. The real estate business
which he began in 1938 was put on hold as he was called to active
duty, serving as a bomber pilot and organizational officer in the
Army Air Force while stationed at Turner Field in Albany, Georgia.
He restarted his real estate business in 1948 and at the same time
became involved in civic activities and has served on several city
and county boards.