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IN MEMORIAM

ROBBIN COLYER ANDERSON

 

Robbin Colyer Anderson, 85, of Fayetteville, AR, died Saturday, January 22, 2000, at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. He was born June 8, 1914 in DeRidder, LA to Ward and Elizabeth Richardson Anderson.

Professor Anderson was educated in the Lake Charles, LA, public schools, received his baccalaureate and master's degrees from Louisiana State University and his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin. He married Margaret (Peg) Ball in 1946 in East Lansing, MI. He taught physical chemistry at The University of Texas, Austin, from 1939 to 1967, where he was department chairman from 1945 to 1950. Also, during his years as graduate advisor he helped many graduate students in our department. He served as head of the Academic Institute Program of the National Science foundation in 1960-61.

In 1967, Prof. Anderson moved to Fayetteville to become Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and professor of chemistry at the University of Arkansas. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, and the Fayetteville Rotary Club. He served as president of the Texas Academy of Science, the Arkansas Academy of Science, the Arkansas Association of Deans and the University chapter of the American Chemical Society. He was a member of the Central United Methodist Church in Fayetteville.

On a less formal basis, he enjoyed playing tennis frequently with a group from the chemistry department, Norman Hackerman, Al Matsen and Tom Morgan. The same group joined by other campus associates savored five-cent coffee at 10 a.m. on most mornings at a suitable coffee shop. After leaving UT-Austin in 1967, he continued the morning sessions on occasional visits to Austin until quite recently.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret (Peg) Ball Anderson; three sons, Charles Ward and his wife Linda Mahaffey Anderson of Okemos, MI, Robbin Bruce and his wife Elizabeth Lysinger Anderson of Houston, and Richard Ball and his wife Karen Imhoff Anderson of Weston, CT; and seven grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Dean Robbin C. Anderson Scholarship Fund, University of Arkansas Development Office, 325 Administration Building, Fayetteville, 72701, or the Fayetteville Public Library, 217 East Dickson, Fayetteville, 72701, or a favorite charity.



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Larry R. Faulkner, President
The University of Texas at Austin

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John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty



This memorial resolution was prepared by a special committee consisting of Professors Leon O. Morgan, Gerhard Fonken, and Norman Hackerman.