Warn Dean Robinson

WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. – Warn Dean Robinson, 92, passed away November 25 at St. Mary’s Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., following a short illness.

Mr. Robinson was born in Ahmeek, March 29, 1921, and attended Calumet High School. He graduated from Michigan Technological University in 1942 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering. He served as Captain in the Army Corps of Engineers, working in overseas airfield construction through 1945. He returned to Michigan Tech where he completed an MS Degree in chemical engineering in 1946. Later, he obtained an MS in engineering administration from Washington University in St. Louis in 1956.

In 1946 he married Genevieve Trione of Laurium, who survives. They have three grown children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Mr. Robinson worked for Monsanto Company in St. Louis, Mo., for 36 years. His last responsibility with the company was Manager, Research and Development, in which he provided technology support for several major chemicals including the world’s first production of maleic anhydride from butane-a significant environmental and worker safety improvement over previous production methods.

Following his retirement from Monsanto in 1985, he founded Robinson Technical Associates, Inc. In this new venture, he provided technical assistance to the three largest maleic anhydride plants in the world.

He is the recipient of 13 U.S. patents and many foreign patents. His technical publications included the maleic anhydride sections in the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. He was a 50-year-plus member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and American Chemical Society.

Memorial contributions may be made to Michigan Technological University’s C-L-K Endowed Scholarship Fund at Michigan Tech Fund, 1400 Townsend Drive, Houghton, MI 49931. The fund provides scholarships for graduates of Calumet High School.