Robert Aldridge Landrum, a former East End resident who worked as an advertising sales representative for The East Hampton Star and The Independent, died on Dec. 11, at Indiana University Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He had been ill for some time, his sister Gail Victoria Landrum, Ph.D., of Atlantic Beach, Fla., said.
Mr. Landrum, who was born in Chicago on Dec. 19, 1965, came to live on the South Fork after attending both Northern Illinois University and North Park University. He graduated from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, where he was a member of its championship swimming team. He spent his childhood summers in Sag Harbor Hills, where his parents, Robert Nathaniel Landrum and the former Martha Virginia Lewis, had a house for some 30 years.
“He loved the East End,” Ms. Landrum said. “I would take him to the beach when he was a toddler and bounce him up and down in the surf. The beauty of eastern Long Island and its seaside landscapes made an indelible impression on him during his formative years.”
Mr. Landrum lived in Sag Harbor and Bridgehampton while working as an advertising salesman. “He loved making the rounds of the local businesses on behalf of the papers,” Ms. Landrum recalled. “My little brother was such a gentle, likeable, easygoing person. Everybody loved him.” His colleagues at the papers often noted his deep, sonorous speaking voice, and would tease him by saying he should be in broadcast advertising rather than print.
He moved to Indianapolis in 2010. Cars and Formula One racing were among his passions. According to Ms. Landrum, “his third word, after ‘mama’ and ‘dada,’ was ‘car.’ He seldom missed the Indy 500, which he followed closely. He was also interested in politics and loved the excitement of the Obama campaign and presidency.”
In addition to Ms. Landrum, he is survived by another sister, Carole Patricia Landrum of Chicago. Funeral Masses were held at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Cathedral in Indianapolis on Dec. 17 and at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in the Hyde Park community of Chicago on Dec. 21. He was buried at St. Casimir Catholic Cemetery in Chicago.