Robert Hans Schuler passed away Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, at home.
He was born July 26, 1951, in Bad Pyrmont, Germany, to Gerhard and Johanna (Kroonenbergh) Schuler. The family immigrated to New York in 1955, and later moved to the Boston, Mass., area where he completed high school and college. He graduated from Tufts University with dual degrees in civil engineering and geology in 1974, and began his career with a subsidiary of Ashland Oil in Boston.
He later worked for Ashland subsidiaries in Kentucky, Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska and Maryland. In Oklahoma, he met and married fellow employee Marilyn (“Lyn”) Brown Schuler, and in 1985, they and their child, Cecily, were off to Miami Fla.
Following several years in starting a branch office of a New York/New Jersey construction materials testing lab there, he established his own structural engineering and environmental/asbestos consulting firm. About 13 years ago, he joined a North Miami construction materials testing lab as their engineer and geologist.
Robert served from 1992-98 as a member (and from 1995-98 as chair) of the City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board, which is responsible for the preservation and supervision of the renovation and improvements of the Miami Beach Art Deco Historic District. Also, he served with the Miami Chapter board of the Florida Engineering Society from 1986-99, including a term as chapter president and chapter representative to the FES state board in 1996-99. His professional career encompassed numerous projects large and small, including structural and civil inspections utilizing ground penetrating radar.
Robert’s interests were wide and varied. He was a scuba diver and instructor, licensed private pilot, caver (sometimes difficult being 6’4” tall), ocean swimmer, mountain climber, hiker, kayaker, book collector and traveler. He enjoyed book binding and repair, wood carving, ceramics repair, creating and repairing all sorts of things, and reading, reading, reading.
Robert was happy when visiting his vacation home in far western North Carolina. He was delighted to have witnessed the total eclipse of the sun in August last year from his own front deck.
Robert especially loved his family – wife Lyn and daughter Cecily; only brother, Frank (Big Frank) and sister-in-law Mary; cousin Renate; brother and sister-in-law, Ray and Brigid; Uncle Sam and Aunt Faye; nephews, Charlie and Arthur; and niece, Katie; his close friends, R.Wolfson, Owen, Jim and others; and his employer/coworkers all.
He will be long remembered and greatly missed. A life celebration is being planned.