Sept. 8, 2005

Maroon Club Hall of Fame biography

Re-printed from the Easton Express-Times

EASTON, Pa. ( - Dr. Frederick M. "Peck" Robbins `49, 78, of Lancaster, formerly of College Hill, Easton, Pa., died on Monday, September 5, 2005 in Landis Homes, Lititz, Pa., after a lengthy illness. A two-sport standout on the baseball diamond and the football field, Robbins was inducted into Lafayette's Maroon Club Hall of Fame in the class of 1978-79.

Born: On May 19, 1927 in Easton, he was a son of the late Fred M. and Violet Cooney Robbins.

Personal: He and his wife, the former Beverly Stebbins, were married for 57 years.

He was a research chemist for the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development, and Engineering Center, Biotechnology Group, Natick, Mass., for 26 years. Dr. Robbins received numerous awards at Natick Labs including the Gold Key Award for Research, Technical Director's Gold Pin Research Award, Inventor of the Year Award, and the U.S. Army Research Achievement Award. He is the author of over 35 publications and has received numerous patents. He is listed in the American Men and Women of Science. After retiring in 1989, he became a noted folk artist and was known for his wood carvings of birds, wildlife, and Santas.

He graduated from Easton High School in 1944 and received a BS in Chemistry from Lafayette in 1949. He earned an MS in chemistry and a PhD in organic chemistry from Lehigh University.

He served in the Army during World War II. He was a professional baseball pitcher in the New York Yankee farm system. At Lafayette, he was an All American pitcher, led Lafayette to the NCAA championships, and is in the Hall of Fame. As a football player, he ran for a record five touchdowns against Lehigh. He was an avid marathon and ultra marathon runner, having competed in 18 Boston Marathons. He holds records for his age group in the American Athletic Union 100 mile, 150 K, and 24 hour runs.

Memberships: He was a member of the American Chemical Society, Sigma Xi, New York Academy of Sciences, and American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Survivors: In addition to his wife, Beverly, he is survived by a daughter, Mary Elizabeth Marshall of Lancaster; a son, Brian Frederick Robbins and his wife, Sandy of San Rafael, Calif.; and two granddaughters, Rachael Elizabeth Marshall of New Berlinville, and Rebecca Kate Marshall Uveges and her husband, Andrew of Lancaster. A sister, Irene, died earlier.

Services: Will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the Ashton Funeral Home, 14th and Northampton Streets, Easton. Call on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service in the funeral home.

Memorials: May be made to Lafayette College, Maroon Club, Markle Hall, Easton PA 18042.