Robert F. Steiner, a retired professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, died of a heart attack Sunday at his Ellicott City home. He was 81.
Born in Manila, the Philippines, and raised in Texas, he received a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University. He served in the Army in the 1940s.
He conducted scientific research and served as chief of the physical biochemistry lab at the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda until 1970. In 1966, he received the Department of Defense's Superior Civilian Achievement Award.
From 1970 until his 1995 retirement, he was a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at UMBC. He served as a department chairman from 1974 to 1982.
In 1991, he was made a Fellow of the Society for the Promotion of Science.
He was also a private pilot and Civil Air Patrol member for 25 years.
After retiring, Dr. Steiner worked for Amnesty International as a member of Chapter 228 and for Howard County Friends of Latin America.
He also liked to spend time writing and painting. He published several books of his short stories.
Dr. Steiner donated his body to medical science.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Slack Funeral Home, 3871 Old Columbia Pike.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, the former Ethel Fisher; two daughters; Victoria Elizabeth Steiner-Larson of Woodstock and Laura Ann Bush of Birmingham, Ala.; and nine grandchildren.