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Robert Lillie ’44

Robert, who researched animal husbandry in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died Nov. 10, 2019.

Born bilaterally deaf, Bob was taught as a child to read lips and speak. He spent two years at Swarthmore before transferring to Penn State, where he majored in poultry husbandry; he later earned a Ph.D. in poultry nutrition from the University of Maryland. In 1976, Bob was recognized with a flag flown over the U.S. Capitol as the Outstanding Handicapped Federal Employee, for his “exceptional achievements in spite of severely limiting physical factors.”

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