David Overly Robbins
July 01, 1943 ‒ September 30, 2018
David Overly Robbins, 75 passed away on Sunday, September 30, 2018 at Grady Memorial Hospital after a valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.
David was a resident of Liberty Twp., Delaware, Ohio and Ocean City, New Jersey.
He was born in Bryn Mawr, PA on July 1, 1943 and grew up in Havertown, PA and Ocean City NJ. He graduated from Haverford High School and earned a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Lycoming College and M.A. and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Delaware. David completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Physiology at the Eye Research Foundation of Bethesda, MD where he later became a principle investigator and Director of Research at the Foundation. For over forty years he was a professor, then Provost and Interim President at Ohio Wesleyan University. At Ohio Wesleyan University he also served as the Chairperson of the Department of Psychology, Director of the University’s Summer Science Program and Cofounder of the Neuroscience Program. He was awarded an Honorary Alumnus from Ohio Wesleyan in 2008 and received several honors from Ohio Wesleyan including the Sherwood Dodge Shankland Award for the Encouragement of Teachers and Hebert Welch Meritorious Teaching Award.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Anne Robbins and brother Allen Robbins.
He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janice, sister, Marianne and her partner, James Cisco, two daughters Drs. Cynthia Robbins and Karen Robbins, sons-in-law River Bailey and Andrew Knapp, and precious granddaughter Lydia Robbins Knapp.
A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive, Delaware, Ohio 43015. Family and friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until the time of the service. Burial will take place Saturday, October 6, 2018 at the Valley Forge Memorial Gardens, King of Prussia, PA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Ohio Wesleyan’s Neuroscience Summer Internship Program (David and Janice Robbins Internship), the David and Janice Robbins Summer Neuroscience Internship at Lycoming College or your favorite charity.
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