Dr. Robert J. Lambert

Born March 14, 1927

Dr. Robert J. Lambert, age 91, of Davenport, passed away on Sunday, July 1, 2018 at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, July 6, 2018 at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly and Jersey Ridge, Davenport. The family will greet friends from 10:00 am until the time of service. Burial will be in the National Cemetery, Rock Island. Memorials may be made to Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. Bob was born on March 14, 1927 in Faribault, MN, the son of Aloye and Emily (Borchardt) Lambert. He married Dee Pasley on August 28, 1971, in Urbana, IL. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during World War II. Bob was an emeritus Professor in the College of Agriculture, Department of Crop Sciences and earned a Bachelor of Science with distinction degree from the University of Minnesota in June 1952. In August 1958, he was awarded a Master of Science degree also from the University of Minnesota. In February 1964 he earned his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Illinois in Plant Breeding and Genetics and was a member of the Departments of Agronomy and Crop Sciences until his retirement on Dec. 31, 2000. He enjoyed training many undergraduates, masters and PhD students in the science of plant breeding, specifically hybrid seed corn. After retirement he worked on developing varieties of popcorn. He attended St. John Vianney Catholic Church, Bettendorf. He was also a member emeritus of many agricultural and professional societies, and a fellow of AAAS, as well as the American Society of Agronomy & Crop Sciences Society. He is survived by his wife, Dee; a brother-in-law and wife, Stan and Beth Pasley, 3 nieces - Mary, Vicke, and Amber. He was preceded in death by his parents, Aloye and Emily, a brother Warren lost in the Philippines during World War II, and sisters, Rachel Weires and Ramona Lambert; and 2 nephews, Rick and David Weires.


  • Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House


  • Visitation Weerts Funeral Home Friday, July 6, 2018
  • Memorial Service Friday, July 6, 2018

Dr. Robert J. Lambert

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David Mies

November 28, 2018

I am sorry for being so slow to enter this. I missed the notice of Bob’s passing last summer.
I remember Bob most for the patience he showed me as an undergrad in his plant breeding course, many years ago! I had been playing football and broke my right thumb just prior to the second hourly exam.
In addition to recovering, I was unable to write. Bob offered to give me the exam orally. I must have done OK, as I went on to grad school in plant breeding at the U of I, and then again later at the Madison Wisconsin.
That oral exam served me well in preparation for grad school and a long career in plant breeding.
I know he comparably helped and guided many others. The combined benefit to society is enormous. Thank you.

Donald and Marilyn Holt

July 10, 2018

Dee, we were sorry to hear of Bob's passing. We have many fond memories of our friendship with you and Bob. Bob was an outstanding scientist and teacher and a great mentor to graduate students. We greatly appreciate his help and support during our short tenure as department head and longer assignment as experiment station director and senior associate dean. We retired for the second time in 2006 and moved back to Indiana to be near our children, who grew up when we were at Purdue almost 40 years ago. Now we have children who are all senior citizens and grandchildren in Michigan, Indiana and Florida. We have a 17-year- old great-grandchild close to us here in Monticello, IN. Be assured you are in our prayers in this time of grief and loss. Don and Marilyn Holt

Rita Mumm

July 9, 2018

Professor Lambert inspired and encouraged many students and fellow scientists, including me. He is beloved and appreciated by many and will live long in the hearts and minds of those he mentored. Dr. Lambert leaves behind a great legacy!

Brad Hilligoss

July 8, 2018

Dee, sorry to hear about Bob's passing away. Was speaking with Stan this morning when he mentioned it

Sharon Hamilton

July 6, 2018

We are so sorry for your loss. Jim and I enjoyed the times we spent with you and Bob. I also enjoyed the research I did on his Family Tree. If any Lambert family members are I interested in it, let me know. He did come from Royalty afterall! It is with sorrow that I have to put a date at the end of his "dash"...2018.
With love,
Sharon and Jim Hamilton

Martin Bohn

July 5, 2018

This is Bob’s corn in the background! When we took this photo we were discussing how to use this corn for some exciting and meaningful research! He was full of inspiring ideas, a force in the corn nursery and a great colleague! His legacy lives on not only in the corn varieties he developed.

Diane Weires Haynes

July 5, 2018

I want to share this snapshot of Bob on his wedding day posing with his siblings. Left to right-Thomas Lambert, Bob, Rachel Weires and Mona Murray.

Mary Simmons

July 4, 2018

What wonderful memories I have of my Uncle Bob! One of my earliest was when I was about 4 years old and he would play along with my teddy bear tea parties. He and Dee were an important part of many football weekends at The University of Illinois, and holidays with the entire family. He will be missed here in our lives, but heaven is definitely having a party to welcome him there!

Chris Simmons

July 3, 2018

I firmly believe that there is one heck of a party going on up there with Grandpa Rich, Grandma Rache, Uncle Dick and Aunt Mona at the lead while Rick and Bob are there comparing notes. Dee, you got one of the special ones for as long as he was here, and I cherish the fact that I am a part of the legacy from those family connections. Blessings upon you from this part of the clan.

Diane Weires Haynes

July 3, 2018

Uncle Bob was a very special person. I cherish all the wonderful memories of him and the Lambert/Weires connection.