Otto Lawrence Robertson Jr.

April 10, 1920June 11, 2018

Mr. Otto Lawrence Robertson, Jr. aged 98 of Birmingham, AL died on June 11, 2018. A 1942 graduate of Birmingham Southern College Mr. Robertson was a member of Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. After college he enlisted in the United States Navy where he graduated from Midshipmen’s School at Northwestern University and the US Navy Diesel Engineering School, University of California at Berkley. During WWII he served as a Navy Lieutenant in the Southwestern Pacific aboard the USS William Ward Burrows as assistant Chief Engineer and the USS Mamo as Chief Engineer. He also served as Engineering officer on the staff of Commodore Blankenship. After the war he joined the Martin Marietta Corporation. In 1985 he retired as Director of Technical Services for the Southern Division of Lockheed Martin. During his career he became a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the National Society of Professional Engineers. In addition he was registered as a Professional Engineer in the state of California.

Preceded in death in 1988 by his wife of 41 years, Mary Dell Barnhill Robertson, his survivors include a daughter, Janice R. Stephens, her husband, Mark A. Stephens, a son, Phillip L. Robertson, his wife, Janet H. Robertson, three grandchildren, Adam L. Stephens, his wife Steffany A. Stephens, Mary Stephens Swysgood, her husband, Dustin S. Swysgood, Joseph E. Stephens, his wife, Anne M. Stephens and three great grandchildren, Jacqueline Adams, Adrienne Stephens and Annabelle Stephens.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 14 at 10:00 a.m. at Elmwood Cemetery. The Reverend Dr. Ed Hurley of South Highland Presbyterian Church will officiate and Ridouts Valley Chapel will direct the service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the American Heart Association.


  • Graveside Service Thursday, June 14, 2018

Otto Lawrence Robertson Jr.

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Steve Ottaway

July 3, 2018

I have many fond memories of Otto. He was always kind and courteous to both me and Pam. I remember visiting the Southern Museum of Flight with Otto and Mark, and he was energized and enjoyed it greatly. I remember the times we sat with Otto at Asbury's Wednesday night dinners, and the stories he told - particularly the one about the BMW sports car he owned and how he left a Camaro in his dust at a stop light! I heard several stories about his experiences during WWII, perhaps more than once. Those stories always reminded me of how much we owe those like Otto who were only boys at the time and yet they put their lives at risk for our country. Otto was a true patriot. I've missed seeing him the last few year as he aged and I certainly share my condolences to all of the family.