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Robert W. Paterson ’60

Published in Feb. 26, 2003, issue

Bob died Aug. 15, 2002, after a struggle with cancer. At Princeton, Bob was a member of Dial Lodge, Naval ROTC, and graduated summa cum laude in mechanical engineering.

He served in the nuclear navy until 1964, when he entered the PhD program at Harvard. He married Joyce Pero in 1967. After graduation in 1969 he joined the United Technologies Research Center, where he rose to lead its fluid mechanics group and authored over a dozen patents and 35 papers.

In 1996, Bob and Joyce retired to a waterfront home in Boothbay Harbor, Maine, to pursue their interests in sailing and tennis. Bob will be remembered by the many who knew him for his kindness, wit, and optimism in the face of the difficulty that served him well to the end. The class extends its sympathy to his wife, Joyce, and son, Robert Jr.

The Class of 1960

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