Dr. Robert Y. (Bob) Cannon of Auburn, AL, passed away Tuesday, September 4, 2001.
He was born Sept. 11, 1917 in Boise, Idaho, to Dr. Clawson Young and Winnifred Morrell Cannon. He was the great-grandson of Brigham Young and the grandson of George Quayle and Caroline Young Cannon.
Dr. Cannon earned his B.S. from Iowa State University in 1939, his M.S. from Ohio State University in 1940. Following five years in the US Army during World War II, he received a PhD in Bacteriology/Dairy Science from the University of Wisconsin. While in Madison, WS, he met and married Lena (Lee) Ferrara of Morgantown, WV, on June 10, 1948. He joined the faculty of Alabama Poly-technic Institute in the fall of 1948, where he served on the faculty in the Department of Animal and Dairy Science until retiring as Professor emeritus in 1982.
Dr. Cannon was a member of Gamma Sigma Delta (the Honor Society of Agriculture), Phi Sigma Biological Society, the Society of Sigma Xi, and the Institute of Foot Technologists. Dr. Cannon served as a U.S. Delegate to the International Dairy Congress. He joined the Sigma Chi Fraternity at Iowa State University and remained active throughout life, serving for 30 years as faculty advisor to the Auburn University chapter. He was bestowed the Sigma Chi Order of Constantine, the highest honor for an individual member of the fraternity. Dr. Cannon and his wife, Lee have been active members of the Auburn community. For their community service, Dr. and Mrs. Cannon were recipients of the City of Auburn and Auburn Chamber of commerce Eagle Award.
He is survived by his wife, Lee; daughter, Emilie (Randall) Johnson, Jasper, AL; son, Robert Young (Ruth) Cannon, Jr., Clarkston, WA; a daughter, Leigh (William) Allbrook, Auburn, AL; and six grandchildren. He is also
survived by a brother, Rowland M. (Ellen) Cannon, and a sister, Winnifred (Stuart) Jardine, of Salt Lake City; and a brother, Clawson Y. (Doris) Cannon, Jr., of Zollikofen, Switzerland. He was preceded in death by his mother and father.
Graveside and memorial services will be held in Auburn, Sept. 8, 2001.