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Resident of

Walnut Creek, California

August 1929-August 2012

Robert was born in Ontario, Canada. He graduated from Curtis High School on Staten Island, and earned both academic and athletic scholarships toward his 1951 undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Alabama Polytechnic Institute (Auburn University) before he served 3-1/2 years in the U.S. Navy as an Explosives Ordinance Disposal (EOD) officer on a destroyer, traveling the world. After receiving his Master's and PhD in Mechanical Engineering (specialty in gas diffusion and thermodynamics) from the University of Illinois in 1957 and 1962, respectively, he moved to Florida, where in 1964, he was named Chairman of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Florida in Gainesville, holding that position for over 28 years. He was also prominent in the Florida Foundation for Future Scientists for many years.

Robert became the 100th president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in 1982.

He was a talented public speaker, educator, golfer and humorist who was passionate about the history of technology as well as technology itself - a lover of individual freedom and a man of integrity, fairness, and honor who aimed for the high road in tough situations. His exceptional watercolor paintings continue to be cherished by many family and friends over the years.

Robert is survived by his daughters Patricia in California and Vivienne in Colorado, his granddaughter Morgan in Colorado, and his brother Arnold (Karen) on Staten Island. A private memorial is being held at 1 pm on September 7 at Hull's Chapel on 1139 Saranap Avenue in Walnut Creek, California. Donations in his memory may be made to the Francesca B. Gaither Scholarship Fund, established by him and his loving deceased wife, Konstanze, in memory of their third daughter, as follows:

Director of Annual Giving

317 South College Street

Auburn, AL 36849-5153

Published in Gainesville Sun from Sept. 8 to Sept. 9, 2012