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David Robinson III ’42 *51

Published in Oct. 11, 1995, issue

Dave died July 8, 1995, in Saxtons River, Vt. He was diagnosed with chronic leukemia in 1984 and began receiving transfusions in May 1994. After saying he was tired of being tired all the time, he died peacefully.

Dave came to Princeton via Loomis and majored in electrical engineering, graduating with honors. He then spent four and a half years in the Navy, serving in the Aleutian Islands, retiring with the rank of commander. He continued with the Navy for five more years as asst. dir. of the Underwater Reference Sound Laboratory. He earned his M.S. in electrical engineering. After a stint at GE, as a project engineer, he moved to Saxtons River, maintaining that, while he would never become rich as a consulting engineer, he opted for a life less frenetic than that demanded by the corporate world. A guided missile expert, Dave was responsible for the design and development of guidance systems for the Polaris missile. At the time of his death he was retired from part-time work with Vermont Academy's computer services department, the second high school in the nation to offer such courses.

To his wife, Carol, to his three sons, David, James, and Alexander; and to his four grandchildren, the class offers its condolences.

The Class of 1942

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