Summers, Robert Ph.D. SLINGERLANDS Robert M. Summers, 88, passed away on December 26, 2013 after a brief illness. He was born on December 9, 1925, at the U.S. Naval Air Base in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, while his father, the late Dr. Bruce M. Summers, was serving in the Navy. Robert traveled extensively throughout the United States as a boy, living at various Naval bases with his family. He also traveled with his family to Hawaii, Japan, Hong Kong and lived for two years in the Philippines prior to World War II. During the war, he met his future wife at Rodgers High School in Rhode Island, marrying her in 1948. From childhood Robert had a passionate interest in science, technology and astronomy. He graduated from Stanford University and received a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Indiana University. Upon graduation he started a 40-year career as a research chemist, receiving several U.S. patents. Early in his career he worked with Jack Welch at General Electric in Pittsfield, Mass. Later, he worked with other defense contractors, retiring from Honeywell where he developed materials used in the Trident submarine program. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Lois G. Summers of Bethlehem; a sister, Ann S. Carter of Stockton, Calif.; sons, Brian M. (Claudia) Summers, Jonathan B. (Kitty) Summers, also residents of Bethlehem and Martin D. (Toni) Summers, a resident of West Chester, Pa.; grandchildren, Christian, Colin, Christina, Carolyn, Laura and Rachael Summers. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2013 at the Applebee Funeral Home, 403 Kenwood Ave., Delmar. A calling hour will precede the funeral from 10 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Private entombment will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Robert M. Summers to a
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Published in Albany Times Union from Dec. 28 to Dec. 29, 2013
Applebee Funeral Home
403 Kenwood Ave. Delmar, NY 12054