ARTHUR BRUCE ROBERTSON
died Monday, May 26, 2014, of a heart attack while riding his bicycle on Mill Pond Creek near his home in Sumter, S.C. He was 72. Over his lifetime he was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, a great friend to many, and an active member of every community in which he lived. Bruce was born on April 16, 1942, in Huntington, W.Va. He graduated from Huntington East High School in 1960 and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserves, where he served for eight years as a rifleman. In 1964, Bruce received a B.S. in chemistry from Marshall University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in polymer science from Akron University in 1968. For the next 40 years, he led a distinguished and successful professional career in research and business development for several Fortune 500 companies, including Allied Chemical, Honeywell Corporation, Ausimont USA and Engelhard Corporation. He traveled the world and was named a co-inventor for more than 20 patents. During his career, Bruce lived in several communities, notably Princeton, N.J., and Greenbelt, Md. Upon retirement from corporate work, Bruce, always a family man, planned to enjoy his family even more. He chose to reside near one son and his young family in Lompoc, Calif., while throughout the year making frequent visits to Montana and Massachusetts for quality time with the other two sons and their families. He also began a second career as a professor of polymer science and business technology for California Polytechnic State University. Desiring to stay near his granddaughters who moved in 2010, Bruce joined them Sumter, S.C. Never one to idle, he also accepted a position as a professor of chemistry and physics at the University of South Carolina-Sumter. The last several years ranked as some of the happiest in his life. Bruce was an active member of the YMCA. He attended church and was very involved in the school and recreational activities of his granddaughters. He was a leader with Destination Imagination, an international creative-thinking and problem-solving competition for young students, and spent the last week of his life with at the global competition finals in Knoxville, Tenn. Bruce is survived by three sons: Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Lisa Robertson of Destin, Fla.; Mr. and Mrs. Paul and Susannah Robertson of Livingston, Mont., and Mr. and Mrs. Mark and Cheryl Hollinger of Littleton, Mass.; and seven grandchildren: Dorothea Faith Robertson and Georgia Grace Ruth Robertson of Sumter, S.C.; Sophia Frances Robertson and Georgia Byrd Robertson of Livingston, Mont.; and Mary Ruth Hollinger, Graham Thomas Hollinger and Thomas Bruce Hollinger of Littleton, Mass. He was predeceased by his wife of 22 years, Ruth Carlson Robertson, the love of his life. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.beardmortuary.com
. Services will be held on Saturday, June 7, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Beard Mortuary
with Rev. Ron Burnsworth officiating. Inurnment and military rites will follow at Rome Cemetery, Proctorville, Ohio.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.