RICHARD JESSUP ROBERTS died from a stroke on January 13, 2010 at Stamford Hospital.
He was born May 31, 1930 in Stamford, the son of Samuel W. Roberts and Gladys Jessup Roberts. A graduate of Stamford High School and Yale University, where he studied art and zoology, he worked for a number of years at the Stamford Museum and Nature Center where he served as Curator of Exhibits and head of the Nature Center zoo and farm.
After retirement he devoted his time to painting, drawing and sculpture and pursuing his interests in history and horticulture. As an enthusiastic volunteer at the Stamford Historical Society, he worked with groups that helped with the restoration and maintenance of Fort Stamford and researched and documented many ancient burial grounds throughout Stamford.
The Historical Society honored him at the 2009 Annual Meeting by awarding him the Virginia T. Davis Distinguished Service Award for outstanding volunteerism.
He is survived by his son, Jeffrey Roberts and his wife, Barbara Hyle of North Andover, Mass.; his daughter, Alison Andrade and her husband, Mitch of Waldoboro, Maine; his son, Kent Roberts of Portland, Maine; two grandchildren; and by his brother, John W. Roberts of Greenwich. He is also survived by many friends with whom he shared his interests.
A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date to be announced by the family.
Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory may send it to the Stamford Historical Society Library Fund, 1508 High Ridge Road, Stamford, CT 06903.
Published in Stamford Advocate on January 20, 2010