Robert E. Herron
December 11, 1936 – February 11, 2020
Robert E. Herron Robert (Robin) E. Herron, 83, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on February 11, 2020 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Robin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Carol A. Herron, his son Tim (Greenville, SC), wife Carla and their two sons Ben and Ryan Herron and his daughter Cara Herron. He is also survived by his sister Betty Hinds of N. Ireland. We want to thank the many friends that visited and called, it meant the world to him. Special thank you to his best friend Dave Ball and the amazing help and care provided by Ron Dickson.
Robin held degrees from Queen’s University, Belfast, N. Ireland, Nottingham University, England, Loughborough College, England and the University of Illinois (MS 1960 and Ph.D. 1964). His academic awards include a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships from the University of Illinois, the Institute of Occupational Health, Helsinki, Finland and the Society of Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers. Starting in the mid-1960s, he pioneered the development of Biostereometrics (multi-dimensional anthropometry) in some thirty areas of biology and medicine. He published 130 professional papers and carried out numerous research projects for NASA, OSHA, Department of Transportation, United States Army, United States Air Force and the World Health Organization.
As a NASA Principal Investigator (1970-1980), he studied body volume and body composition changes in astronauts from Apollo 16 through the Skylab missions. He has served as a consultant to a wide range of companies including Hewlett Packard, General Motors, Exxon, Mattel, Pfizer, Roche, Rubbermaid, Southwest Airlines, Shell Oil, and several others.
Robin established ergonomics programs at four major universities (including CSU) and represented the US on international standards committees for anthropometry and biomechanics. He was an invited lecturer at major universities in the US, Europe and China.
He came to Colorado State University as the first Dean of the new College of Applied Human Sciences in 1987 after serving as Dean, College of Applied Life Studies at the University of Illinois and previously at the University Akron Dept of Biomedical Engineering. He returned to full time research and teaching in 1991, specializing in ergonomics, anthropometry and occupational health. Special appreciation to Bryan Cooke Ph.D., a past rugby teammate at the University of Illinois that helped recruit our parents to beautiful Fort Collins.
In addition to Robin’s lifetime of academic achievements and pursuits, his passion for athletics was always evident. He commenced his esteemed athletic career at Sullivan Upper School in Holywood, Northern Ireland and then continued on through college earning records in the decathlon, high jump, javelin, triple jump and competing in Olympic trials.
His dedication continued on well into his senior years as he competed around the world in the hammer throw, discuss, and javelin earning literally hundreds of medals. He could often be found at the throwing ring at CSU helping coach others to success. In Seniors and Master competitions, Robin won eight national titles and five world championship medals, mostly in the hammer and indoor weight throws.
Robin was also a dedicated soccer coach during his time in Houston and Akron, influencing many young players who have stayed in touch with him throughout his life. He was one of the founders of the first “Select” soccer league in Houston and coached his Blue Stars team to the South Texas State Championship in 1979. Robin served as President of the Houston Junior Soccer Association in 1979 & 1980 and was instrumental in expanding the number of soccer fields at Bear Creek Park. Players will always remember "Go, Go, Go" and "Builds Character"!
In honor of his activities at CSU, a family donation will be made in his name to the CSU Track Team to add a laser measuring system. A tribute Meet in his honor is to be scheduled by the CSU Track Team and details will be forthcoming in the Spring.
Additional Memorials may be made to the Cancer Survivors Park Alliance, P.O. Box 9428, Greenville, SC 20604 in the name of Robert E. Herron. Robin’s Son and family have been very involved in the development of the park and would like to continue the mission of the Park to provide a place of respite, rejuvenation, inspiration and education for individuals.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Robert E. Herron
March 4, 2020
Robin was the giant, whose shoulders I stood upon to lead the next 20 years of ergonomics teaching and research at Colorado State University. I valued his gentle guidance and leadership. I was blessed to know this great man.
February 24, 2020
Dear Carol, Tim, Cara, and family,
My condolences to you on Robin's passing. Our lunchtime trips to Poudre Valley Hospital were a gift to me, as I so enjoyed his companionship and fascinating life stories. He was a remarkable person.
Seniors Helping Seniors Caregiver
February 24, 2020
Dear Carol, I was saddened to hear of Robin's passing. We have retired to Cody, Wyoming, but I heard through CSU colleagues. I hadn't seen or talked to Robin for several years, but we had a nice lunch a number of years ago after we both retired. Robin was always helpful to me when I was a department head and he was the dean.
Please accept my condolences at this difficult time. George
February 23, 2020
Cara and Carol,
I'm thinking of you both and sending my deepest condolences. Wishing you and all your family peace.
February 20, 2020
I am so sorry for you loss. Robin was the first person we met in the neighborhood, even before we purchased the house. We were there for our first viewing and Robin was on his normal walk, though we did not know it was normal at the time. He showed such a genuine interest in getting to know us. I will always remember that day. Remember the good times.
February 19, 2020
Robin was always so supportive of my Senior Olympics participation. Without his encouragement and coaching I don't think I would have had the success I did. That activity assisted me in my 20 year battle with multiple myeloma. Robin has been an amazing inspiration for me and I will miss him every day. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. He may be gone, but certainly never forgotten.
Blessings and hugs to you, Roger and Mary Ann Corliss
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