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Robert Arnold Darrow

July 12, 1931 — March 6, 2023

On March 6th Robert A Darrow ( Bob ) died peacefully at home under Ohio‘s Hospice care.

Bob was born in Syracuse NY to Frank & Elma Darrow. He graduated Valedictorian of his

Solvay High School class, received his undergraduate degree from Amherst College & his PhD

from John’s Hopkins University. Following an assignment at NIH in the Coast Guard, he took a

postdoctoral position at the Medical Research Council’s laboratory in London, Mill Hill, where

he met his future wife Ruth. Bob spent 5 yrs at Harvard University in Boston, in Dr Herman

Kalkar ‘s laboratory at The Massachusetts General Hospital as part of the university’s faculty.

While in Boston his two daughters, Jessica & Claudia were born & his son John after he joined

the Kettering Research Laboratory in Yellow Springs. Bob spent a short time at Battelle’s

facility in Columbus before joining the staff in the Department of Biochemistry at Wright State

University with Dr Daniel Organisciak. On his retirement Bob decided to expand the other side

of his brain returning to the classroom at WSU gaining his Masters degree in the humanities of

which he was especially proud. Besides Science, Bob was passionate about Music & the Arts ,

playing trumpet in high school & french horn in college. He loved Opera, Chamber and

Orchestral music & theatre. He read voraciously, loved The NY Times crossword puzzles, never

using a pencil, always a pen, but his greatest love was for his family. Bob was proceeded in

death by his parents & his younger brother Frank. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his

wife of 60 yrs, Ruth, his sister-in-law Cathy Darrow, children Jessica Darrow, Claudia ( Scott )

Davis, John ( Megan ) Darrow. Grandchildren Kristen ( Jordan ) White, Arthur ( Isaiah) Davis &

Jason Davis, Olivia, Kaitlin, & John Darrow jr & nieces, cousins & friends. No service will be

held but a gathering at a later date is planned. If desired donations can be made in Bob’s

name to Yellow Springs Chamber Music organization or to the Glen Helen Association

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