A native of Roanoke, Va., Robert W. (Bob) Spessard attended Jefferson High School, where he starred in football, basketball, and track. His team won the class A basketball championship in 1934. Spessard entered Washington and Lee in the fall of 1935 and made All-State in basketball for three successive years, 1935-37. He was also named to the All-Southern Conference team in those years.
At that time, the Southern Conference was among the strongest in the country and included such teams as North Carolina, Virginia, and other Southern powers. During Washington and Lee's game with North Carolina in 1936 Bob scored 25 points as the Generals won, 42-25. He was selected for the Helms Foundation All-American basketball team in 1937. That same year he was also named to the College All-State football team. Bob is a member of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame.