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Robert Ervin Putnam
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Birth: Oct. 18, 1927
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Mar. 27, 2011
Washington County
Ohio, USA

March 31, 2011
The Marietta Times

Dr. Robert E. Putnam, 83, of Marietta died at his home on Sunday (March 27, 2011).

He was born Oct. 18, 1927, in Northampton, Mass., the son of Ervin and Mary Connelly Putnam. From 1945 to 1946, he served in the U.S.N.R. and then received a bachelor of science in chemistry from the University of Massachusetts in 1950, and a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1953. Bob held various research positions for E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Wilmington, Del., and Parkersburg until his retirement as a research manager in 1985.

Dr. Putnam served as adjunct faculty of Washington State Community College in Marietta; Alumni Advisory Council, Department of Chemistry, University of Mass., Amherst, 1975-78; instructor of chemistry at Marietta College, and served on the advisory council of the Institute For Learning in Retirement. He contributed 20 articles to professional journals and held many patents on polymer chemistry as well as being a NSF fellow, University of Illinois, 1952-53; Fellow AAAS; member of the American Chemical Society, and Research Society of America.

Bob was an active member of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Valley Renaissance Consort and the Mid-Ohio Valley Aviation Association. He was also the editor of the Bulletin of the American Friends of Puttenham.

Bob was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He married Caroline Wright, Aug 23, 1952 in Northampton, who survives with children, David (JoAnne), Mary (Jim) Bennett, Rob (Lee), and Andrew (Kimberly) Putnam; and grandchildren, Aaron, Ian, Christopher, Benjamin, Tessa, and Isabella Putnam, Elizabeth and Catherine Bennett; stepgrandchildren, Rich, Doug, Mike Jones and Emily (Andrew) Towlerton. He is also survived by his brother, Richard (Virginia) Putnam; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Above all, he was an adventurer with a zest for life, whether canoeing in Canada with a son's Scout troop, white water canoeing on rivers to the Arctic Ocean, piloting his plane, or fly fishing in Iceland. He is remembered by Icelandic friends as "the American who knew the names of all of the Icelandic birds - in Icelandic." His was a life well lived.

A memorial service, followed by a dinner, will be held on Saturday (April 2) at 4 p.m. at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, Third and Putnam streets in Marietta.

If desired, memorial contribution could be made to Marietta Home Health and Hospice, 210 N. Seventh St., Suite 400, or the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 232 Second St., both in Marietta.

McClure-Schafer-Lankford Funeral Home
March 2011

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  Caroline Wright Putnam (1930 - 2016)*
*Calculated relationship
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Record added: Mar 20, 2012
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