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Robin Oder Obituary

Robin Roy Oder
Robin Roy Oder

September 26, 1934 - December 23, 2017
Born in Jefferson City, TN
Resided in St. Petersburg, Florida
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Dr. Robin Roy Oder, 83, of St. Petersburg, FL passed away on December 23,2017. A former resident of Export, PA, he was born and reared in Jefferson City, TN by Charles R. L. and Nell B. Oder. He is survived by his spouse Marcia R. Oder and children Karin O. Gallup (Stephen) and Richard P. Oder (Keith) and three grandchildren. He served in the U.S. Navy and attended the University of Tennessee and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from where he received BS and PhD degrees in physics. He carried out research in solid state physics and superconductivity at the MIT Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory followed by developing design and use of commercial magnetic separation technology for the JM Huber Corporation, the Bechtel Corporation and the Gulf Science and Technology Company where he served as Director of Coal Technology. He then became founder and president of EXPORTech Company, Inc. to develop dry and wet magnetic separation of coal and fly ash, industrial minerals including kaolin clay and nickel, lunar materials brought back to Earth on the Apollo 11, 16 and 17 missions, Fischer-Tropsch catalyst separation, and fine particle and liquid-liquid separations using electrostatic and magnetostatic coalescence. He authored over 150 publications and company reports and held 27 patents. He was interested in hunting, especially for ducks, travelling and had spent time in Europe, Cuba and China, and in home winemaking using grapes from the U.S., Chile and Italy. He will be laid to rest at the Westview Cemetery in Jefferson City, TN in the spring of 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to MIT and mailed to Bonny Kellermann, Memorial Gifts Office, 600 Memorial Drive, W98-500, Cambridge, MA 02139




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