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Jerald Lee Robertson

111 Township Ave.

Cincinnati, Ohio 45216

Phone: 513-242-6584 


I am retired from gainful work but active in affairs of my community and region. My hobbies are growing hosta which I do very well and wine appreciation which I also do very well. I am taking on the task of making  Religious Naturalism  and the  Epic of Evolution vibrant paradigms for the future. Because of that I can not really claim to be fully retired. Inspiration is an unretiring emotion. Writing a book is demanding.

I was born in 1935 at home in the hills of southern Kentucky at Webbs Cross Roads. I grew up in the Cincinnati area but spend a lot of time in the summer with my grandparents (probably to give my mother some relief). I had serious learning problems in the 3rd grade but somehow managed to become the top student by the 6th grade. May have been due to my 4th grade teacher playing Chinese checkers with me (possibly her form of IQ test) and a year in a one room country school.

Normal, happy childhood reading (comics and science fiction) and playing sports. The community of 4400 was blue collar, family oriented, with as many bars as churches (9) and 13 bookie joints. It was a different time than now for which I am glad. Although my dad was not a great provider (I never went hungry) he was the most honesty man I have ever known. He and my mother, a quite, mild mannered, bible reading woman, were probably the brightest in their big families but were also the least successful. Their individual hillbilly independence never abated much over the years. One brother – deceased.

Married in 1963, divorced in 1970 from Carol Sanderson, a short, buxomly, outgoing nurse with strong leadership skills (unfortunately they didn’t seem to work on me). One daughter, Laura and three grandchildren – Kirsten (U of South Carolina,2009), Spencer (Ohio State, Honors Program,one of top 20 Most Outstanding Seniors 2012, officer in US Marine Corps) and Miranda (University of Cincinnati 2013).

Seven years of my own efforts got me a college degree. The following activities and achievements speak for me. I am comfortable with myself in spite of being a good bit less than perfect. But I'm still working at it.


BS 1960 -  Wilmington College, Wilmington, Ohio
University of Cincinnati - 1953-7 majoring in Physics
Wilmington College - 1957-60 Physics & Chemistry - Work/Study Program
Amherst College - 1960 Graduate Assistantship in Physics 
U. of Dayton - 1964-5 Grad. Physics while working at Monsanto Research 
Courses in Sales/Marketing (AMA). Effective writing (Cincinnati Milacron) 
Former Certified Hazardous Materials Manager 
Safety and Ohio EPA compliance for the Kornylak Corporation

Community Activities

A candidate for Mayor of Elmwood Place 1983, 1991, 2001 and 2005, Mayor 2014 -. Elected Councilman in 1991 & 2011, Reappointed 2002 & 2011); Sec. Elmwood Place Urban Redevelopment Corp. 1984; Chair - Elmwood Bicentennial Panel Committee - 1987.

Environmental Activities

Hamilton County Environmental Action Commission - 2001-now. Chair 2007; Co-chair - Citizens for Sensible Waste Management - 1990-3; Chair - Mill Creek Watershed Council - 1994-8; Consensus Forum - Hamilton County Environmental Priorities Project - 1997-8 and Water & Solid Waste Committees; H.C. Solid Waste District Public Advisory Committee - 1998 & 2000; H.C. Storm Water Steering Committee - 2001-2; Port Authority for Brownfields - Citizens Advisory Board - 1996-9; Henkel Corp. Citizens Advisory Committee - 1994-9; Communities United for Action Environmental Award 1997, Metro Community Advisory Committee - 2005-2008

Other Tidbits

Board of Trustees, Mill Creek Watershed Council of Communities - 1998-05, Emeritus 2009 - present;  Board of Appraisers, MVCD - 1998-05;  Certified Master Gardener - 1998;  Board of Directors, Hamilton Safety Council - 1993; Subject in Perceptions of Home - Urban Appalachian Council - 1996;  Wilmington College Outstanding Alumni Volunteer Award - 1998; Cincinnati Enquire Hometown Hero - 1998;  Gold medal - S.W. Ohio Senior Olympics - Basketball Shot (92,00,01,05); Treasurer - Hosta Society of Greater Cincinnati - 2002-8; Member of : Cato Institute,  World Pantheism Movement,  Atlas Society,  Institute on Religion in an Age of Science; Treasure-Hamilton County Libertarian Party - 2011-15,  America United; Compassion & Choices,  American Hosta Society, Webmaster for 9 sites

Listed in Who's Who in Science and Engineering & Who's Who in America.

Work History

A uniquely broad background in the food, plastic laminates, electronics, printing and government contract research industries at such companies as Formica, Ralston Purina, Monsanto, General Electric and Cincinnati Milacron with duties in the areas of plant management, research, product development and international technical service. Note: these were all world leading US companies when I worked for them.

When you read this list of employers you might ask how come I worked for so many. Did I have a problem holding on to jobs at these major US companies? First - I was hired by them for some reason. Second - I worked for Formica twice (almost a third time), I was being promoted at Purina  when I took a better job offer, I left an open door at Monsanto to return to Formica, GE asked me to return a year later after I left and Milacrom was going out of business (I had offers from customers but elected to stay in Cincinnati).


Chapter 28 Paper Laminates - Pulp & Paper, Vol. 4(1983) Laminate Testing - series in P.C. Fabricating Magazine (1980); Over 12 technical papers in industry journals, U.S. classified literature; 12 papers presented at various industry conferences; Editor campus newspaper - Wilmington College (1958); Books in process - "Substance, Spirit and Religious Naturalism" and "A Spinoza for the 21 Century"

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