In Memoriam: Dr. Joe Roberts

Dr. Joe Roberts, professor emeritus of chemistry who lived in Amity, Georgia, and Huntington, passed away Jan. 14.

He was a professor of chemistry at Marshall for 31 years and shared his love of science with generations of Marshall students. He also taught at the Huntington Fire Department, combining his professional interest in chemistry with his personal interest in firefighting and safety. He also had both a professional and personal interest in computers dating back to his graduate school days. After his retirement in 1997, he and his wife, June, spent time in both Huntington and in her hometown of Amity.

He was born and raised in Atlanta and graduated from Brown High School and Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, then went on to the University of South Dakota and the University of Cincinnati where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry.

Music was one of his lifelong passions. He played bass in the Atlanta Symphony and in amateur orchestras and jazz bands, and played guitar and sang in country bands and with family and friends.

He was Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 700 in Huntington for many years and led countless camping trips, canoe trips, hikes and other outings over the years. Some of the same boys were also on the baseball teams he coached.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall Department of Chemistry, 450 Science Building, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington, WV 25755.