Robert Lawhead Kirkpatrick, 84, of Sedalia, formerly of Marshall, died Sunday, July 10, 2005, at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia.
Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 15, at Sunset Park Cemetery in St. Louis. Rev. Anderson Little will officiate. A soloist will perform "Come 'O Thou Traveler Unknown." Burial will be in Sunset Park Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Missouri Valley College or a local humane society.
Born Oct. 9, 1920, in St. Joseph, he was the son of the late Edward H. and Minta Lawhead Kirkpatrick. He received a bachelor of arts degree from Monmouth College in Monmouth, Ill.; a master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. from Keble College, Oxford University in England, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He also studied French language and civilization at The Sorbonne in Paris, France. He had lived in Marshall from 1961 to 2002. He worked in the State Department of the U.S. and hosted foreign dignitaries during President Dwight Eisenhower's administration. He was a professor of history and political science and department chair at Missouri Valley College from 1961 to 1983. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the 48th Medical Battalion, 2nd Armored Division from 1942 to 1945, in Germany, France, England, Holland, Tunisia and Morocco.