Graduating summa cum laude with a degree in English, Bob Streeter served as the editor of the Bucknellian and president of the Student-Faculty Congress.
He earned a master's degree from Northwestern University in 1940, and returned to Lewisburg to work at Bucknell, teaching and assisting in the publicity office. In 1941, he married his college sweetheart, Ruth Parker, also from Bucknell's Class of 1938. After receiving his Ph.D. in English from Northwestern in 1943, he devoted his professional life to higher education.
He taught at Bucknell from 1942-47, spending the final year on leave abroad as the American advisor to the English department at the University of Seoul, Korea. He then joined the faculty at the University of Chicago, specializing in American literature and rhetorical theory and practice. His 39 years of distinguished teaching at that institution spanned years in the undergraduate college, the graduate division of the humanities, and terms as the dean of the undergraduate college and dean of the graduate division of the humanities.
Recognizing his achievements, Bucknell honored him in 1960 with the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
He has served on the Bucknell Board of Trustees since 1966. He also has been president of the Bucknell Club of Chicago, served as alumni class president, was a member of his 50th Reunion Gift Committee, and delivered the keynote address at Bucknell's 1960 Commencement. He currently serves as chair of the History Committee for Bucknell's sesquicentennial celebration and is editing a collection of essays for that notable occasion.