Max Robinson, age 97, died peacefully with his family by his side at Country House on December 22, 2017.

Max was born in Lakeville, Nova Scotia in 1920 where his parents, Charles Burnham and Dora Lewis Robinson operated the village country store. He grew up in Kentville and graduated from Kings Count Academy in 1937. As a young man, he enjoyed soccer, hockey, boating, fishing and carpentry — he helped build the family’s first cottage at Aylesford Lake.

Max received his bachelor’s degree in organic chemistry from Acadia University in 1940. At Acadia, he was on the track team and set the record for the 8-mile relay, a record that still stands. Max earned a Master’s degree in organic chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1942. During this time, Max met the love of his life, Jean Murray Anderson, on a canoe trip on the Richelieu River. Max joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943. After the war, Jean and Max went to Purdue University where Max earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry. He joined DuPont in 1949 at the Experimental Station. There he made significant contributions in polymer research, including discovering the first aromatic polyimide marketed as Vespel and Kapton. During his time at DuPont, Max secured over 50 patents and in 2001 was conferred the honor of the Lavoisier Medal for Technical Achievement by DuPont. When he retired from DuPont in 1981 he joined Indiana University as a Visiting Scientist. In 2001 Max’s oral history was recorded by the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and in 2005 he received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Acadia University. Even though Max was born in Canada, he was proud to obtain his US Citizenship in 1958. He was a deacon and lifetime member of Concord Presbyterian Church. In his spare time, Max enjoyed carpentry, traveling, and spending time at his house in Avalon, NJ, as well as teaching genealogy at the Academy of Lifelong Learning.

Max was predeceased by his beloved wife of 72 years, Jean, in 2016. He is survived by his four children, Kenneth Robinson (Joyce Miller), Eric Robinson, Barbara Harra (Bill), and John Robinson (Susan); 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Carmita Fetterly (Warren).

A memorial service will be held Friday, December 29 at 11 am at the Danby Chapel in the Country House, 4830 Kennett Pike, Wilmington, DE 19807.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to Concord Presbyterian Church, 1800 Fairfax Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19803.