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Robert Martin Stark

Obituary for Robert Martin Stark

February 6, 1930 - November 18, 2017
Newark, Delaware | Age 87

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Robert Martin Stark, 87, of Newark, Delaware died on November 18, 2017. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, to the late Yolanda and Alex Stark

Robert graduated from the public schools in 1948. He attended Long Island University and The Johns Hopkins University (A.B., 1951). At the University of Michigan (M.A., 1952) he met and married Carol LaSage (dec.1988) in 1955. They raised four children.
Robert was employed briefly at Bausch & Lomb, Rochester Institute of Technology, and as Assistant Dean of Engineering and Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Cleveland State University until 1962 when he came to the University of Delaware as an Instructor (Ph.D., 1965). He rose to Professor Emeritus of Civil Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (2003). He authored many research papers and books and was Visiting Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at M.I.T. (1972-73).
Robert was a lifelong student of American History, a colleague stimulated his interest in Benjamin Franklin. He has taught several large classes and completed a manuscript," Benjamin Franklin, An American Innovator". He published research on the first silver dollars of the United States and formed one of the largest collections of them over 45 years.
Robert was also a member of scientific societies and Fellow of the AAAS, he volunteered and served on many boards and offices of non-profits; some for decades as, Delaware Academy of Science, Generations Home Care, Delaware Heritage Commission, and UD Association of Retired Faculty (founder), WHYY Community Advisory Board, among others. He received an Outstanding Alumnus Award from the UD College of Engineering.

Robert Martin Stark is survived by four children; Bradley of Coral Gables, FL; Timothy (Joan) of Urbana, IL; Steven (Kathleen) of Ft. Myers, FL, and Candice Combs of Havelock, N.C., and eight loving grandchildren and loving partner, Phyllis Franklin Bierstedt and brother, F. Richard Stark, in Potomac, MD. In addition to his parents, Robert is preceded in death by his wife, Carol LaSage.

Services will be held privately at the convenience of the family.

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