R. L. & Nixie Robertson, c/o Glenna Rummel

R. L. & Nixie Robertson, c/o Glenna Rummel

Robertson graduated from SFA in 1977 with top-ranking honors. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and biology. He earned both the Master of Science degree and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.
In 1990, Robertson was one of the three recipients of the SFA Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. He earned numerous honors and special awards in the field of research. He was named to Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who on Frontiers of Science and Technology.
He joined the Lilly Research Laboratories in 1981 and then enjoyed success at Ligand and Pharmacia-Elan. Robertson worked for Pfizer, Inc. at the time of his death.
“Dave Robertson was a remarkable scientist and leader who was greatly respected by his many friends and collaborators,” stated Stephen B. Freedman, senior vice president and head of global research at Elan Pharmaceuticals. "The Pharmacia-Elan collaboration was a testament to his vision, scientific acumen and determination to change the way we treat Alzheimer’s Disease.
“He was a wonderful human being and will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues throughout the industry,” Freedman stated.


David Robertson initiated The David Robertson Chemistry Scholarship in 1995 as a token of appreciation to SFA and the Department of Chemistry. A number of Robertson’s colleagues and friends donated to the scholarship after his August 16, 2003 death to boost its amount to above the endowment level. This scholarship benefits a student majoring in Chemistry.

The David Robertson Memorial (Pfizer) Scholarship was endowed with a $50,000 gift from Pfizer, Inc. This scholarship will benefit two students- a chemistry major and a biology major-each year. It is restricted to juniors and seniors who demonstrate an interest in human health research and who maintains a 3.5 GPA.