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Obituaries

Obituaries

Robert Warren Wilson 1909 - 2006 Lawrence

Private inurnment services for Robert Warren Wilson, 96, will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence. Memorial services will be at a later date. Mr. Wilson died Monday, June 26, 2006, at Brandon Woods Retirement Community in Lawrence.He was born July 26, 1909, in Oakland, Calif., the son of Robert Gordon and Lillie May Silcott Wilson. He attended the California Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science, Master of Science and Ph.D. degree. Mr. Wilson was a Sterling Fellow at Yale University from 1936 to 1937, a research fellow at the California Institute of Technology from 1937 to 1939, an assistant professor of paleontology at the University of Colorado from 1939 to 1946, an associate professor of zoology at Kansas University from 1947 to 1961, a director of the Museum of Geology and professor of paleontology at South Dakota Schools of Mines and Technology from 1961 to 1975, a visiting professor at Texas Tech University from 1975 to 1977, a Rose Morgan visiting professor at Kansas University from 1977 to 1979, and a senior fellow at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in 1981. He was an emeritus professor at Kansas University from 1980 to 2006.He received a Guggenheim Fellowship from the London Museum of Natural History in 1956-1957, a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar Fellowship from the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna, Austria, in 1967-1968, an Arnold Guyot Memorial Award from the National Geographic Society in 1974. He was a correspondent at the Naturhistorisches Museum in Vienna in 1982 and received a Romer-Simpson Medal from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1999. He was a fellow of the Geological Society of America and an honorary member at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.He married Geraldine Lee on March 20, 1941, in Boulder, Colo. She died in 1981. A son, Robert C., also died earlier.Survivors include a daughter, Margaret Wilson, Lawrence; and a niece, Frances Fefes, Los Angeles, Calif. The family suggest memorials to the Robert W. and Geraldine Wilson Museum Fund, sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.E-mail condolences may be sent to <a href="mailto:info@warrenmcelwain.com">info@warrenmcelwain.com</a>, subject: Robert Wilson.