Robin L. Curtis Ph.D. was born in 1926 and went home to rest in peace with the Lord on May 9, 2020.
Rob was born in Bellingham, Washington. Although he lived in several states as he was growing up, Alaska seemed to be his favorite. He particularly enjoyed sharing stories of his many adventures while living there.
Immediately after graduating from high school, he entered military service.
After that, he earned his Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. from Brown University. Rob began his career as a Postdoctoral Fellow at NYU. From there he was invited to join the faculty of the New Jersey College of Medicine, where he worked for several years.
At that time, he met and married his wife Sheila, and had 2 children. He and his family moved on to Wisconsin where he worked as a Professor, Research Neuroscientist and Author. He was at Marquette University School of Medicine and then the Medical College of Wisconsin for a total of 38 years. He won many research grants and received multiple awards for his outstanding teaching.
When he retired, he and his wife moved to southwest Oregon, with plans to share the natural beauty of the southwest Oregon coast with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Throughout his retirement years, he remained intellectually active and shared his deep passion for science, philosophy and the origin of the Earth and universe.
Rob was well known for his determination and lifelong commitment to justice and peace. He was loved and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Muriel and Carl, and older brother, David.
He is survived by his wife, Sheila of 59 years, two children, Aida (Jerry) and David (Aihua), four grandchildren, Jared (Abby), Justin, Alyssa and Daniel, two great-grandchildren and a host of other relatives. He served with the U.S. Navy in WWII.
A celebration of his life will take place at a later date.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.