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Robert Trent Obituary
Former Fairbanks resident, Robert H. Trent, Ph.D., passed away April 5, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz., after a courageous, decade long battle with cancer.
Trent was born May 22, 1936, in Pittsburg, Kan., to Jess and Almedia Trent.
He married Marlene Hansen on June 24, 1956. After working as a draftsman for many years, and with a wife and two children, Trent decided to attend college. At age 32, he enrolled at the University of Utah and completed bachelor's and master's degrees in mining engineering in
3 and 1/2 years. He then completed his doctorate in mineral economics at Colorado School of Mines.
Trent was active in the mining industry, taught at several major universities and was Dean of the School of Mineral Engineering at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Trent also held professional engineer licenses in many states including his dearly beloved Alaska. He traveled the world extensively as an educator and served as a Wyoming state senator.
One of his greatest joys was taking his family on trips all over the world.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marlene Trent, of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters and sons-in-laws; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
At his request, his family will hold a small private service at a later date.
Published in Daily News-Miner on Apr. 18, 2012
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