Ingalls, Robert P. TROY Robert P. Ingalls of Troy, died on Friday, November 12, 2010, of multiple myeloma. Born in Swampscott, Mass., Bob was the son of Sarah P. Ingalls and the late Robert U. Ingalls. He was a graduate of Williams College and the University of Connecticut, from which he received a PhD in Psychology. Bob was the author of Mental Retardation: The Changing Outlook, which was translated into numerous languages. Bob taught psychology at California State University at Chico and at Russell Sage College before joining the NYS Council on Children and Families. Bob's interests then turned to computer science and he earned an MS in Computer Science from RPI, ultimately becoming the executive officer of the Computer Science Department at RPI, where he also taught computer science courses. Bob had a lifelong interest in natural history and was an accomplished field botanist, and an observer and advocate for the ecology of Rensselaer County. He served as a member and officer of the Rensselaer Land Trust and acted as a steward for the Nature Conservancy. Bob's interests were many and diverse and his enthusiasm engaged all who knew him. In addition to his mother, Bob is survived by his wife, Naomi, and his sisters, Faith Ingalls (Samuel Lloyd) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Libby Ingalls of San Francisco, Calif. He is also survived by a nephew, nieces, and a grand- nephew. A memorial service is being planned, for which an announcement will be made at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Bob's memory to the Rensselaer Land Trust, 415 River Street, Troy, NY 12180, the Community Hospice of Rensselaer County, or a charity of your choice.
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Published in Albany Times Union from November 14 to November 15, 2010