Riley, Jr., Robert H.

December 07, 2005

ROBERT H. "BOB" RILEY, JR., 92, of Towson, Maryland passed away at the Pickersgill Retirement Community on October 13, 2005. Born in Oklahoma City, OK June 1, 1913, he was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Riley of Catonsville, Maryland. Bob graduated from Lehigh University in 1935 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering. He began his engineering career at Black & Decker Manufacturing Co. of Towson, Maryland, working there until his retirement in 1978. During his career his was credited with 22 patents including the design of the first cordless power tools in 1961. He was recognized for his contribution to the Gemini and Apollo space programs after he designed the Apollo Lunar Surface Drill, which was used for taking samples from the Moon's surface on several missions. Following his retirement he was elected to the Board of Trustees of Lehigh University, where he served for many years. A side from his parents and a sister Barbara, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 60 years, Jacqueline Alvey Riley. He was a devoted father and grandfather to his survivors: son-Robert H. Riley III, daughter-law Kathleen A. Riley, and granddaughter Katherine E. Riley of Old Greenwich, CT. The family suggests memorial contributions in his name be made to the Pickersgill Benevolent Care Fund, 615 Chestnut Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204.

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