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Richard B. Robertson

Richard Brooks Robertson of Yellow Springs, OH, born Oct. 28, 1946, died on Oct. 6, 2013. Richard Brooks Robertson passed away on Oct. 6, at the age of 66. He will be remembered for his humor, ability to embellish stories, his love of nature and his infectious laughter. Dick, as he was known to many, was an avid birder all his life. His most recent passion was identifying plants, especially in wetlands. Dick was born in Bloomington, Ind. He was an Eagle Scout at age 13 which was unheard of, according to his mother. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1964. Dick graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology and a Master of Arts in zoology. Dick spent a year working on the Alaskan pipeline before moving to Ohio with his family to work for Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission. He spent many years working for the Ohio EPA specializing in water quality. He was also an adjunct biology professor at Antioch College for a number of years. He later became vice president of Stone Environmental Engineering and Science Inc. before starting his own company, Robertson Environmental, which he continued through his final job at WSU as an environmental scientist. Dick retired from WSU in March of this year. Dick spent many years volunteering for the Glen Helen Association, Beavercreek Wetlands Association and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Yellow Springs. Dick is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kathy; daughters Kim (David) Miller and Eden (Kevin) Matteson of Yellow Springs; son Justin Robertson, mother Mary “Teeny” Robertson, brother John (Jackie) Robertson, all of Indiana; sister Carol (Kevin) Keskeny of Montana; and grandchildren Kyle, Gage and Nathan Miller and Eli and Violet Matteson of Yellow Springs, as well as an extended family and many friends whom he cherished. He was preceded in death by his son, Anthony Robertson, and daughter, Heather Robertson. Dick was a generous soul, always doing what he could do for his family and friends. He had a kind, thoughtful and gentle heart. His grandchildren will miss the laughter and fun he brought into their lives.