Dr. Charles W. Robertson, Jr., and Dr. Patricia Robertson ’66


Three female students doing field researchFor many years, Drs. Charles W. Robertson, Jr., and Patricia Robertson ’66 have generously supported Millersville University. The Robertsons established the Robertson Endowed Library Garden Botany Internship in 2012-2013, to support a student for one year as a botany intern, working with a supervising biology professor, to design and implement a new element or the creative maintenance of an existing element in the University’s native-plant-themed Library Reading-Sculpture Garden. The couple supports science education and research in a multitude of ways, including scholarships for students in both physics and biology, funding for student and faculty research projects and internship opportunities for summer biology field experiences, including the Marine Science Consortium at Wallops Island. They have also gifted the University with cutting-edge scientific equipment that is used in biotechnology research. Additional scholarships established by the Robertsons include the Robertson Biology Scholarships Endowment and the Robertson School of Science and Mathematics Instructorship. During the fall 2010 commencement ceremony, both Charles and Patricia received honorary degrees from Millersville University.

Charles W. Robertson, Jr., Ph.D., is a retired physicist from DuPont Laboratories. In 2000, the Robertsons, along with two colleagues, founded NanoDrop Technologies Inc. (now a subsidiary of Thermo Fisher Scientific), in Wilmington, Delaware. Dr. Robertson served as the company’s chief technology officer and the primary inventor of the unique NanoDrop products. Patricia Robertson, L.H.D., graduated from Millersville University in 1966 with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. Before retiring in 2008, she served as the director of finance and director of human resources for NanoDrop Technologies Inc. Currently, Charles and Patricia are retired and actively involved with a variety of organizations and volunteer activities.

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