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Dr. Robin D.S. Higham

Dr. Robin D.S. Higham Dr. Robin D.S. Higham, age 90, died on Thursday August 27, 2015 at the Via Christi Hospital, Manhattan, Kansas.

He was born on June 20, 1925 in London England the son of David and Anne (Stewart) Higham. He attended Hotchkiss Prep School in Connecticut. He earned his A.B. from Harvard, cum laude and then his M.A. from Claremont Graduate School in California. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. Robin was a Flight Sergeant Pilot for the Canadian Royal Air Force serving the Burma Road from 1943 until 1947.

On August 5, 1950, he was united in marriage to Barbara Jane Davies in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This union was blessed with 4 children: Peter, Susan, Martha and Carol.

Robin was a professor of History at Kansas State University from 1963 until his retirement in 1999 where he mentored many graduate students. He also was a leader in the field of Military History, having written over 38 books and numerous publications.

He loved telling jokes, especially puns that made you know that you’d been had. He was an extensive world traveler and loved sharing his photographs and slides of historical places. Robin was also very detail oriented in everything that he did. He was also very precise in his preparations whether it was building his sail boats or model trains. Above all, he loved being with his children, grandchildren and especially his wife of over 65 years, Barbara.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two children: Susan Higham Dahl and his son in infancy: Peter Higham.

Survivors include his wife: Barbara of Manhattan, KS; two daughters: Martha H. Martin and her husband John of St. Louis, MO and Carol Alexander and her husband Chris of Davidson, NC. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren: Alex Martin, Nell Alexander and Malcom Alexander and 3 brothers: Matthew Higham, Ben Higham and Timothy Higham, all of Norwich, England.

The family held a small private service. A Memorial Service will be at a later date with inurnment to follow in the Sunrise Cemetery, Manhattan, Kansas.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association or to the Riley County Historical Society in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.

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