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Robert Daniel Stout Documents, Lehigh University Metallurgical Engineering Professor

Identifier: SC MS 0248

Scope and Contents

The collection includes a personal scrapbook containing mainly newspaper articles, three photographs, six form letters, 1944 Founder’s Day Exercises program, War Manpower Commission Certificate. It is apparent that some of the scrapbook pages had been removed before Special Collections received it.

Also in the collection were three books (see Separated Material list), one PhD diploma, one coffee mug from the Metallurgy Department, two family photographs, three awards, one set of doctoral regalia (cap and gown), one box of funeral and memorial service items.


  • 1939-2012
  • Majority of material found within 1939-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Collection housed remotely. Users need to contact 24 hours in advance.

Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Daniel Stout (1915-2012) was the son of Harry H. and Anna (Guldin) Stout of Reading, Pennsylvania. His late wife was Elizabeth V. (Alwein) Stout. They had a daughter, Elizabeth Stout (Hollis Giammatteo). Stout graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1935 with a B.S. in metallurgy. He joined the Lehigh engineering faculty in 1939 after serving as metallurgist at the Carpenter Steel Company in Reading, Pennsylvania. He received his master’s degree in 1941 and doctor of philosophy degree in 1944; both in metallurgy from Lehigh University. His advisor in welding research was Gilbert E. Doan. Stout was chairman of the University Research Committee of the American Society for Metals, chairman of the Technical Papers Committee of the American Welding Society. He was a chairman of the department of metallurgy and materials engineering (1956-1960), served as dean of the graduate school (1960-1980) and professor of metallurgy and materials engineering until retiring in 1980. A distinguished professorship was established at Lehigh University in honor of him. The Robert D. Stout Distinguished Professorship was made possible by an endowment fund created by a group of Stout’s former students and colleagues in appreciation of his service as an educator, research leader and dean. He authored more than 125 research papers which appeared in leading technical journals and co-authored with D.W. Doty the book Weldability of Steels published in 1953 and first revised in 1971 with subsequent editions. Dr. Stout received many professional awards among which the Lincoln Gold Medal (1943) for “conspicuous advancement of the science of welding,” an official American representative to the International Institute of Welding, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Kappa Phi, an honorary doctor of science degree from Albright College in 1967, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences from 1964-1968. When he retired from his academic career, he continued collaborating in research projects in the ATLSS (Advanced Technology for Large Structural Systems) Center. Dr. Stout created and funded the Elizabeth V. Stout Distinguished dissertation award in honor of his wife.

Born in Reading, Pennsylvania to Harry and Anna Stout


Graduated from Pennsylvania State University, B.S. in Metallurgy


Joins Lehigh University faculty


Gets master’s degree from Lehigh University


Receives Lincoln Gold Medal from American Welding Society


Earns Doctor of Philosophy degree from Lehigh University


Receives best teaching in metallurgy award - American Society for Metals


National Meritorious Certificate award of American Welding Society


Chairman of the Metallurgy Department


Dean of Graduate School


National Academy of Sciences, materials advisory board


Pipeline Safety Standards Advisory Committee


Receives honorary doctor of science degree from Albright College


Delivered the Houdremont Lecture, the highest award of the International Institute of Welding


Retired as emeritus dean but continued as a research fellow and adjunct professor at ATLSS


Died at Moravian Village, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania


Funeral and burial Nisky Hill Cemetery


Lehigh University Memorial Service



2 Linear Feet (1box + 1 carton ; 1 frame (37 x 55 cm) )

Language of Materials



The material in this collection consists of a scrapbook, photographs, award certificates, publications and memorabilia that were collected from the office of Robert D. Stout, Lehigh professor at Materials Science and Engineering and turned over to Special Collections.


The materials in the collection are diverse but when possible are loosely arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was acquired as a gift January 28, 2013 from the Stout Family through the Development Office representative, Lorraine Wiedorn.

Related Materials

1953. Stout, Robert D. and Doty, W. D’Orville. Weldability of Steels. New York: Welding Research Council. 1978. Stout, Robert D. and Doty, W. D’Orville. Weldability of Steels. Revised ed. New York: Welding Research Council.

Separated Materials

(Lehigh Faculty Publications collection) 1960. Doan, Gilbert E. Satisfactions and Solutions. Borthaugh Farm, July 1960 1987. Stout, Robert D. Weldability of Steels. 4th ed. New York: Welding Research Council. 1992. Yates, W. Ross. Lehigh University a History of Education in Engineering, Business, and the Human Condition. Bethlehem: Lehigh University Press. (this book has a dedication to Robert D. Stout dated October 23, 1992)

[Diploma] PhD. diploma of Robert Daniel Stout. In SC MS 0126 Diplomas & Certificates. Shelved in SC-A

[Frame] 1996 Lehigh University Distinguished Alumni Award: In a matted with Stout’s portrait photograph. Shelved in SC-A

Robert Daniel Stout Documents, Lehigh University Metallurgical Engineering Professor
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Repository Details

Part of the Lehigh University Special Collections Repository

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