|Birth: ||Jun. 7, 1914, Panama|
|Death: ||Jan. 2, 1995|
Services for Robert Wilson Baxter, 80, Lawrence, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home.
Mr. Baxter died Monday, Jan. 2, 1995, at his home.
He was born June 7, 1914, in Culebra, Panama Canal Zone, the son of William M. Baxter Jr. and Muriel Young Baxter.
He attended high school in Webster Groves, Mo., and graduated in 1932. He served as a cadet on the Dollar Steamship Line for a year prior to attending college.
He earned a bachelor's degree in botany from Washington University in St. Louis in 1937. He then served as an assistant instructor of botany at the University of Hawaii.
Prior to World War II he was a field representative for the American Red Cross. Following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, receiving a commission as a lieutenant.
He received his master's degree in 1947 and his Ph.D. in 1949 from Washington University.
In 1949, Mr. Baxter came to Kansas University as an assistant professor of botany. He subsequently became chairman of the botany department. His research was focused on an investigation of the paleozoic petrified fossil plants of the southern Kansas coal mines.
In 1954, he received a Fulbright award for a year's work in teaching and research at the University-College of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.
In 1983, he retired after 34 years of teaching and research at KU. In 1984, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Paleobotanical Section of the Botanical Society of America.
Survivors include his wife, Marguerite, of the home; a son, Kirkman G.; and two grandchildren.
Tuesday, January 3, 1995 ljworld
Muriel Young Baxter (1888 - 1959)
Marguerite G. Baxter (1926 - ____)
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