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  • Professor Emeritus Robert Gerson 90 of Rolla

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  • Professor Emeritus Robert Gerson
    90 of Rolla
    Robert “Bob” Gerson died peacefully on December 12, 2013.  Bob is survived by his wife and partner of over 65 years, Charlotte (Wyle), living currently at Friendship Village in Chesterfield, Missouri; daughters and their husbands, Janet and Jim Richardson of Ann Arbor, Michigan; Carrie and Jim Yonley of Ashland, Missouri; and Marianne and Steve Spencer of Chesterfield, Missouri; grandchildren, Russell (and Allison Young), Scott, and Torrey Richardson;  Jennifer (and PJ) Palmer, and Jeffrey, Tom, and Sam Spencer; great-grandchildren Leo, Yuna, and Sydney Richardson; sister, Millicent Dillon; brother, George Gerson; and many nieces and nephews.
    Bob was born December 5, 1923 in New York City, but lived much of his adult life in Rolla, Missouri.  He met Charlotte on February 29, 1948 on a hike in the backwoods of New York and they married soon after.  Bob’s life always centered on education and learning.  He earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering by the age of 19 from the College of the City of New York and was awarded his Ph.D. in Physics from New York University.  Prior to graduate studies, he served in the U.S. Army in World War II in Alaska on the Island of Attu.  Bob’s career started in industry and technology research before he decided to become a professor and researcher at the (originally named) Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in Rolla.  
    Bob has enjoyed a long and happy retirement since 1986, retiring as Professor Emeritus from the engineering school at Rolla.  He had always enjoyed outdoor recreation and travel to learn and observe a wide range of topics.  Bob and Charlotte continued to travel extensively in later years attending Elderhostels, meeting people and learning customs in the U.S. and abroad.  Bob had many hobbies from writing poems, short stories and plays to creating many forms of art from photography to painting.  He even became an actor at the age of 89 in Friendship Village’s Drama Club plays.   
    A Celebration of Bob’s Life will be held at the Friendship Village of Chesterfield auditorium on December 27th beginning at 1:30 p.m, with a service at 2:00.  Donations in memory of Bob can be sent to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund  12101 Woodcrest Executive Dr, Ste 102  St Louis, MO  63141 or Arts Rolla  PO Box 721  Rolla, MO  65402-0721. 

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