Fred Robson, 77, engineer, consultant

Fred Robson, Ph.D., 77, died Saturday, May 10 in Hartford Hospital after a short illness.  At the time of his death, he was President and CEO of RPM Sustainable Technologies, Inc., a start-up company that develops and sells processes and equipment for bio-diesel production.

Robson was the husband of the late Cynthia Palabay Robson, who died in 2010.  They had been married for fifty years.

Born on June 8, 1936 in East Liverpool, OH, Robson was raised in Homestead, FL.  He earned a B. Eng. in Aeronautical and Nuclear Engineering at the University of Florida in 1959 and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut in 1966.

A long time resident of Hebron, Connecticut, Robson started his career at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in 1959.  In 1966 he moved to what is now known as United Technologies Research Center where he retired as manager of Industrial Power Systems in 1994.  He then founded kraftWork Systems, Inc., a consulting firm for advanced energy systems, and worked as a consultant from 1994 until 2011, when he co-founded RPM Sustainable Technologies.

Robson was an avid reader who enjoyed everything from the classics to mysteries to books from the NY Times best seller list.  He cherished his trips to the library.  Robson was an automobile enthusiast who owned Italian and British sports cars.  He served as an engineer or crew chief for various auto racing teams.  His sons consider his love of cars and racing a priceless legacy.

Robson is survived by his son Christopher Robson, daughter-in-law Kerrin, and granddaughters Savannah of Hebron, CT and Charlotte of Berea, OH; son Mark Robson, daughter-in-law Amy, and grandsons Burke and Carter of Ridgefield, CT; brother David Robson and sister-in-law Pat Carey of University Heights, OH; and sister-in-law Rosita Benson and brother-in-law Lee Benson of Somers, NY.

A funeral will be held at St. Peters Episcopal Church in Hebron, CT on May 22 at 11:00AM.

In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Fred Robson’s name to the Douglas Library, 22 Main St, Hebron, CT 06248