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Robert Holm Sorensen
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Birth: Mar. 14, 1921
Racine County
Wisconsin, USA
Death: Sep. 24, 2009
Hillsborough County
New Hampshire, USA

Robert H. Sorensen died Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, at RiverMead Retirement Community after a long, courageous battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Sorensen retired as chairman of the board of Perkin-Elmer in 1985. The Norwalk, Conn.-based corporation was chosen by Dun's Review as one of the five best-managed companies in America under his leadership. Perkin-Elmer was a global leader in optics and analytical instruments, most notably the Hubble Space Telescope. Robert Sorensen served on many boards, including the Olin Corp., the Union Trust, the Southern New England Telephone Co. and Connecticut's governor-appointed Technology Board. He was recognized as the 1981 Citizen of the Year in Wilton, Conn.

Born March 14, 1921, in Racine, Wisc., to Viggo and Lydia (Holm) Sorensen. He attended Grand View Junior College in Des Moines, Iowa, in 1938. Mr. Sorensen served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1943-46. Following Grand View he attended Northwestern and Harvard universities and began his career with Sperry Rand (Univac) as a development engineer and patent agent.

He then joined Perkin-Elmer Corp. in 1959 and was elected as vice president in 1961. In 1969, he was elected a director of the company and four years later, was elected president and chief operating officer. He was designated chief executive officer in 1977 and was elected chairman of the board in 1980, succeeding the late Chester W. Nimitz, Jr. He held that position until his retirement in 1985.

Mr. Sorensen was an accomplished world traveler and had visited seven continents through the years. He enjoyed playing golf and vacationing at his beloved "Birkehus" (Birchhouse) in Rockingham, Vt. He especially enjoyed spending quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In 1996, Mr. Sorensen and his wife moved to RiverMead, a full-service lifetime retirement community in Peterborough.

Mr. Sorensen was preceded in death by his son Mark Sorensen in 1981. Survivors include his wife, Harriet K. Sorensen, of Peterborough; a daughter, Anitra Sorensen, of Temple; two sons, Scott Sorensen, of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Lyle Sorensen, of Norfolk, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

At Mr. Sorensen's request, there will be no calling hours and services will be private. Burial will take place at the convenience of the family in Wilton, Conn.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Sorensen's name to Alzheimer's Association, One Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 105, Bedford, NH 03110.

The Cournoyer Funeral Home & Cremation Center of Jaffrey is assisting with arrangements.

Source: Published on The Cabinet on October 1, 2009
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  Viggo Marius Sorensen (1888 - 1961)
Hillside Cemetery
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Created by: Kayla Shriver
Record added: Aug 15, 2012
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