ROBERT W. ERIKSON

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ERIKSON ROBERT WARREN ERIKSON Robert Warren Erikson, a retired successful businessman died Monday, October 29, 2012 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He was 67. From birth through completion of high school, Mr. Erikson lived in New City, NY. In 1963, during his senior year of high school, he competed for and won a Naval ROTC full scholarship to Brown University in Providence, RI. At Brown, Mr. Erikson obtained an Engineering and Economics undergraduate degree and upon graduation commissioned as a US Navy officer to serve a four-year compensatory tour on active military duty. While on active duty and residing in the Georgetown area of Washington, DC, Mr. Erikson obtained his MBA graduate degree from George Washington University. Throughout his life, however, Mr. Erikson attributed his best and most useful education, discipline, and life-forming learning to the time he served as a midshipman at Brown and his subsequent commissioned service as an officer in the United States Navy. Upon leaving the US Navy, Mr. Erikson joined the Senatorial campaign staff of former Governor of Rhode Island and former Secretary of the Navy John Chafee. In 1972, Mr. Erikson moved to Old Town Alexandria, VA to pursue a career in private business and resided there for some 34 years until his relocation to Palm Beach Gardens, FL in 2006. In 1972, Mr. Erikson joined CERBERONICS, Inc. of Falls Church, VA, a publicly-traded military engineering and technical services company, and forerunner of CERBCO, Inc. In 1974, he participated as a principal in the purchase of controlling shares of the corporation and served as a director, a senior executive and, in combination with his brother, a controlling stockholder for 30+ years, through final CERBCO company liquidation and shares distribution payout commencing in 2005. At its peak, CERBCO employed more than 450 employees located in some 42 worldwide and at sea sites. Following retirement from CERBCO in 2006, Mr. Erikson designed, built, and outfitted his lifelong "dream house" residence in the BallenIsles community of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Mr. Erikson is survived by his beloved daughter, Lori Erikson Copple of Chicago, IL; his fraternal-twin granddaughters, Lucy and Lyndi Copple; his devoted older brother George Wm. Erikson, Sr. (Sue) of Lake Barcroft, VA and his niece and nephew, Dana Wray Erikson Ramirez (John) of Norfolk, VA and George Wm. Erikson, Jr. (Leah) of New York City, NY. No funeral services or viewing will be held. In due course, interment ceremonies with military honors are anticipated to be arranged in connection with the placement of Mr. Erikson's ashes in the Columbarium, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, 225 East Chicago Avenue, Box 4, Chicago, IL 60611.


Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 1, 2012
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