Marine Sergeant, Harvard Ph.D., Exxon Scientist, Loving Father/Husband, Happy Golfer
Dr. Lundberg was born on May 30, 1928, in Valley City, ND. His parents were Alvin A. and Ella F (Brechwald) Lundberg. He attended the public schools there. As a student in Valley City, he loved the public library, and succeeded in reading almost all the books contained therein during the 1940s. He graduated from Valley City High School in 1946 and joined the US Marine Corps in August of that year. He served overseas on Okinawa and Midway Islands for a total of 23 months and was honorably discharged as a sergeant in July of 1948.
Through the encouragement of his high school principal, Bob competed in a nationwide scientific examination and was awarded a scholarship to Harvard College. He attended Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts as a member of the Class of 1953. He graduated with a BA degree in 1952 Summa cum Laude in the field of chemistry.
In 1953 Mr. Lundberg was awarded a National Science Fellowship to attend graduate school. He attended Harvard University and was awarded the PhD and MA degrees in 1957 in the field of Macromolecules. In 1957, Dr. Lundberg joined Union Carbide in South Charleston, WV as a research chemist. His employment with Union Carbide resulted in his achieving a position of group leader before leaving in 1969 to join Exxon Research and Engineering Company in Linden, NJ.
Dr. Lundberg enjoyed a productive career with Exxon with contributions in the fields of plastics, elastomers and oil additives. His efforts resulted in the authorship or co-authorship of over 300 patents and more than 100 original peer-reviewed scientific articles. His contributions in the field of ionic polymers were internationally recognized and resulted in the award of Chemical Pioneer in 1986 by the American Institute of Chemists. He was promoted to Scientific Advisor with Exxon Research and
Engineering Co. in 1976 and Chief Scientist with Exxon Chemical Co. in 1986. After retirement in 1990, he continued to consult for an additional 20 years in the field of oil additives.
Dr. Lundberg was married in 1953 to Patricia Goeschel of Grand Forks, ND Pat was an elementary school teacher who was passionate about that job. She continued to teach after the birth of their two children and loved every minute of that profession. She and Bob retired on the same day in 1990 and they traveled widely.
Bob is survived by two children, Michael Robert of Holmdel, NJ, and Barbara Ann Hawthorne of Chesapeake, VA. Pat and Bob were blessed with four grandchildren; Jessica and Steven Hawthorne, and Keith and Alton Lundberg, and with seven greatgrandchildren; Luca, Lacy, Locke and Lawson Ciampa and Dean, Emily and James Hawthorne. Bob and Pat resided for 30 years in Bridgewater, NJ, and 13 years in Williamsburg, VA. They moved to Chesapeake, VA in 2005.
Pat Lundberg passed away in 2007 as did Keith Robert Lundberg. Saddened by the passing of his wife of 53 years and by his grandson, Bob moved to a golfing community in Port St Lucie, Florida in 2008. In his 80’s at that time he enjoyed new friendships and pursued golf with a vengeance. He enjoyed every moment!
Dr. Lundberg was a Fellow with The American Institute of Chemists, a member of The American Chemical Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Copper Hill Country Club, Burning Tree Club, Two Rivers Country Club, Greenbrier Country Club, and Santa Lucia River Club. He was a devoted family man but also enjoyed sports, especially golf.
Services for Dr. Lundberg will be private. Please visit www.vacremationsociety.com to share memories and offer condolences.