In Memoriam: Robert Baldwin

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Posted: March 29, 2010

Robert Baldwin, who first joined the Lab on December 12, 1955, as an associate me­chanical engineer, and left the Alternating Gradient Synchro­tron as a mechanical engineer on August 25, 1972, died at 85 on December 23, 2008. He had joined the Reactor Division as a senior project engineer on August 22, 1983, and retired on August 31, 1993 as a senior technical specialist.

Robert Baldwin’s parents were Robert Dodge Baldwin and Edna Post. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward, and son, Joshua. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his sons Phillip, Lloyd and Enoch, and granddaughters Annapurna and Sequoia, and his sister Margaret Wilson.
After growing up in Morgantown, W.Va. in 1943 Baldwin entered the Navy as a V-12, and was discharged after service in 1946 as an Ensign. In 1947 he graduated from MIT with a BS in Business and Engineering Administration. In 1952 he married Nancy Higbee of Margate, N.J. They lived in L.I. N.Y. until he retired from Brookhaven National Laboratory where he worked as a mechanical engineer.

The Baldwins moved to Greenmountain, NC. Robert volunteered in the Buncombe County Master Gardener Program and received the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2003. He also received an Outstanding Volunteer Award for 12 years of dedicated service to the N.C. Master Gardener Volunteer Program for 2007. He was a charter member of the Carolina Butterfly Society, was active for many years in the Mens' Garden Club of Asheville and the Burnsville Mens' Club, and served as editor for several years of the Asheville/Blue Ridge Rose Society quarterly Keeping Grounded. He was an active member of the Carolinas Nature Photographers' Association and the Land of Waterfalls Camera Club. In Nov. 2008 his photo won an Hon. Men. from Audubon, SC.

Last Modified: March 29, 2010