Robert Cummins, Jr. ’49

Robert Cummins, Jr. ’49 died on May 13, 2007, in Brunswick, Ga.

Born on August 2, 1923, in Bangkok, Thailand, he prepared for college at Winchester High School in Winchester, Mass., and attended Goddard Junior College in Plainfield,Vt., from 1940-42. He served in the U.S. Army Air Forces from 1943 to 1945, attaining the rank of second lieutenant. He entered the College in 1945 and became a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He was self-employed as a pilot for a lobster air express business and as a flight instructor while he was a student at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1950 as a member of the Class of 1949, he taught in the Campbell County, Ky., school system for a year before joining the Ohio Division of Wildlife as a fisheries specialist from 1950-58, serving in Batavia, Xenia, and Sandusky. He worked for Catawba Marine Sales, Inc., in Port Clinton, Ohio, for a year before joining the National Marine Fisheries Service in Brunswick, Ga., as laboratory director in 1959. He published numerous articles in professional journals on his research, which involved assessing stocks of benthic invertebrates and finfish from Cape Hatteras to the coast of Brazil. He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, the American Fisheries Society, the Wildlife Society, and a number of regional fisheries organizations. He is survived by his wife, Janice (Hayden) Cummins, whom he married in 1952; one son, Robert Cummins III of Sunset, S.C.; two daughters, Susan Derkacz of New Braunfels, Texas, and Janice Hernandez Cedar Creek, Texas; two brothers, David Cummins of Tucson, Ariz., and John Cummins ’48 of Minneapolis, Minn.; and one grandchild.