Dr. Richard Morris Robson, 71, of Ames, passed away Aug. 4, 2013. A memorial service and luncheon will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, at First United Methodist Church, 516 Kellogg Avenue, in Ames. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the
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Richard was born Dec. 9, 1941, and raised on an 80-acre diversified farm near Atlantic. He received his BS degree with distinction in Animal Science from Iowa State University in 1964, followed by an MS and PhD in Biochemistry from ISU in 1966 and 1969. Richard started his career at the University of Illinois, then returned to Iowa State in 1972, where he joined the departments of Animal Science and Biochemistry. Richard led the Muscle Biology Group for many years.
Across four decades at Iowa State, Richard and his lab published well over 200 research articles. His research involved muscle cytoskeletal proteins and structures, both in regard to their importance in growth and development of muscle cells and to the use of muscle as food. He thoroughly defined a concept of the muscle cell cytoskeleton and made major discoveries regarding key cytoskeletal proteins important in establishing and maintaining structure and integrity of developing and adult muscle cells. Richard was a gifted teacher and advisor, guiding students through such classes as Physiological Chemistry and Molecular Biology of Muscle.
At the same time, Richard taught his children several important lessons: how to be strong and how to be gentle; working hard and being humble; respect and generosity. He was a dedicated family man and gifted storyteller with a wonderful sense of humor. Family and friends loved to hear his stories of growing up on the farm.
Richard is survived by his children, Kristi (Dave Motto) Robson of Iowa City, and their children, Jack and Sam; Jeff (Traci) Robson of Marshalltown, and their children, Zachary, Cayden, and Delia; Sam Robson of New York, N.Y.; Anya Robson of Chicago, Ill.; and his sisters, Roberta Kessler of Saugus, Calif. and Cheryl Peckenpaugh of Greenbelt, Md. He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Eleanor Robson.
Online condolences may be sent at www.lensingfuneral.com
Published in Atlantic News Telegraph on Aug. 6, 2013