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Robert T Schwartz

September 1, 1916 — July 2, 2009

SCHWARTZ, Robert T. age 92 of Fairborn formerly of Kettering passed away Thursday. Robert Schwartz retired in 1973 as Deputy Director of the Materials Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. He received a B.S. Degree in Chemical Engineering from Washington University (St. Louis) and M.S, in Mechanical Engineering from The Ohio State University. Mr. Schwartz was involved in the original development of composite structural materials for Air Force aircraft. His foresight in sponsoring development of boron and carbon fibers in the late 1950's provided the basis of advanced composite materials now widely used as the backbone of aircraft and spacecraft capabilities in our modern Air Force. This work led to the formation of the National Composite Center. Annually, the Air Force Materials Laboratory gives a highly coveted engineering achievement award in his honor. Mr. Schwartz devoted his outstanding technical and management leadership to building one of the most highly regarded research groups in the government service. This became the foundation for much of the composite and materials research strength so valuable to the Dayton Area today. He was preceded in death by his wife Ruth E. Schwartz who died in 1991 and survived by his current wife Meta Whitt and 2 sons, Ronald A. Schwartz who resides in Viola, Idaho, Richard W. Schwartz and wife Jane of Kettering, 4 grandchildren Christine (Christopher) Schwartz Madison, Wisconsin, and Andy Schwartz of Olympia, Washington. Amy and (Brady) Kress of Centerville and Jennifer (Jon) Schmidt of Denver, CO. He is also survived by 4 great grandchildren. Visitation will be held at the Routsong Funeral Home 2100 E. Stroop Rd. Kettering from 6 to 8 PM Monday July 6th. Condolences and other remembrances may be sent to the family at

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Kettering Routsong Funeral Home
2100 E. Stroop Rd.
Kettering, OH
US 45429


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