Robert Daniel Stout Documents, Lehigh University Metallurgical Engineering Professor
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.
- Majority of material found within 1939-1980
- Stout, Robert D (Person)
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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.
(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
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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