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Robert E. Wagner

AGE: 95 • Kennett Square

Robert "Bob" E. Wagner, Ph.D., 95, died on April 18 at Kendal at Longwood in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, his home since 2000.

He is predeceased by his wife Ruth M. Wagner; daughter Susan M. Wagner; and daughter-in-law Lucinda C. Wagner. He is survived by his son Douglas S. Wagner; daughter Barbara E. Wagner; son-in law Lawrence J. Devlin; his granddaughters Emily L. Wagner and Patience L. Jenkins as well as her husband Seth R. Jenkins; and his great-granddaughter Lillian K. Jenkins.

Bob was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. In 1942, he earned his undergraduate degree in organic chemistry from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he met Ruth Madden, a native of Boston. They started their married life in California, where Bob took a position as a research chemist and Ruth worked as a machinist.

During that time they took up skiing and camping, hobbies they continued as they started a family. Bob and Ruth moved east, where Bob earned his master's and doctoral degrees in organic chemistry from Princeton University. Following his graduation in 1950, Bob started a thirty-year career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours. Living in North Carolina, Delaware, and Pennsylvania they added sailing in the Chesapeake Bay and Caribbean Islands with family and friends to their adventures. In retirement, Bob pursued his interest in electronics and taught himself computer programming, launching a small consulting business until his full retirement.

A service will be held on Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the Auditorium of Kendal at Longwood.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Kendal Employee Appreciation Fund, c/o Connie Dilley, Kendal-Crosslands Communities, P.O. Box 100, Kennett Square, PA 19348.

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Published in The News Journal from Apr. 22 to Apr. 24, 2016
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