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Pfeiffer University mourns the loss of Professor Emeritus Dr. Clyde H. Robertson

Clyde RobertsonPfeiffer University has learned of the death of Dr. J. Clyde H. Robertson, Jr., professor emeritus.
Dr. Robertson, who arrived at Pfeiffer in 1956 after teaching high school biology for a brief period, taught biology and zoology for the School of Natural Sciences until his retirement in 1989. Over the course of his tenure at Pfeiffer, he served as chairman of the division of natural sciences, head of the biology department, chairman of the athletic policies committee, building supervisor for Harris Science Building and faculty advisor to the Baptist Student Union.

Professional affiliations include membership in the North Carolina Academy of Science, Association of Southeastern Biologists, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Delta Sigma and Sigma Chi. Among his published works is “The Anatomy of the Respiratory System of the Passalus Bettle disjunctus (Illiger)” in American Midland Naturalist, 1962. In addition, Dr. Robertson supported the community as a member of the Pfeiffer-North Stanly Water Association Board, Stanly County Planning Board and Lakes Area Advisory Committee.

Dr. Robertson was born Aug. 8, 1929, in Health Springs, S.C. He earned a bachelor's degree from Wofford College in 1950, and master's and doctoral degrees from Duke University in 1952 and 1955, respectively.  He is survived by his wife, Betty, and daughters Rosalind Lowe ‘79 and Lisa. A granddaughter, Lindsey Lowe, is a 2010 Pfeiffer graduate.

The Robertson family will receive visitors at Hartsell Funeral Home in Albemarle on Fri., Feb. 1, 6-8 p.m. The funeral is Sat., Feb. 2, 11 a.m., at Richfield Baptist Church, Richfield. A graveside service at Richfield Cemetery follows.

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Wendy Moody 01/28/2013 (8:57 pm)  
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Heart-felt prayers go out to the family, friends and the Pfeiffer community, of a great man and awesome professor. Dr. Robertson made an impact on me and my educations at Pfeiffer. He has entered my thoughts many times over the years and ironically in the past few days. May he rest in peace and may memories of him bless those that knew him.

Pixie Gentle 01/28/2013 (11:03 pm)  
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Sadly Pfeiffer has lost another of it's legendary professors. I was so lucky to have Dr. Robertson for several courses. He not only taught us Biology but he threw in History, English as well as good life lessons. He also told some of the best jokes--you just had to really pay attention because that joke was thrown in the middle of something about comparative anatomy! He will be missed by so many.

Gary Weart \'71 01/29/2013 (1:29 pm)  
\"Doc\" Robertson No0  

He was an amazing teacher and very special person that touched and influenced my life and career. I still "shutter" a bit when I recall my oral exams in Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy class. "I am your cat....which muscles did I just use?" He was a true scholar, friend, and wonderful role model. His legacy lives on in many hearts and minds that truly benefited from our time at Pfeiffer. "Doc" exploited his potentials in societies' behalf and may he rest in peace.

Ellen Stephenson \'81 01/29/2013 (11:01 pm)  
Best friend to my parents No0  

I always thought of Clyde & Betty as our families BEST friends! We were always with them on Christmas Day, and they always welcomed us, even when health began to fail for all of them (Harold & Sarah Stephenson). I felt honored to have Clyde and Betty sit with us as family at Daddy's memorial service in Nov. 2012. Clyde's wit in the classroom, make zoology classes memorable, as was his jokes at the dinner table at Christmas. We will miss you Clyde Henry....God speed!!

M. Scott Cornwell 01/14/2015 (10:30 am)  

I only spent two years at Pfeiffer before transferring to another school to complete my bachelor's degree. Those two years were the most significant of my entire ten years of college education, and Dr. Robertson was key to the success of it all. I believe I can safely say none of this would have happened, had it not been for Dr. Robertson's guidance and example. He put me on track, and the rest was building on to what he had begun. I will be forever indebted to him.


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