- Lake Oswego Review - News
Long-time Lake Oswego resident James 'Jim' J. Robertson died Nov. 17, 2008. He was 94.
Mr. Robertson was born Feb. 17, 1914, in Barnsdall, Okla., one of six children. The family moved to the Lake Oswego area when he was 10. He graduated from Union High School (now West Linn High School) in 1932, then earned a degree in civil engineering from Oregon State University in 1938.
During the Great Depression he worked as a caddy at Oswego Lake Country Club, where he would later become a life member. He worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps for about a year and a half building lookout towers in southern Oregon before enlisting in the U.S. Navy in 1943. The Navy sent him to MIT to study aeronautical engineering. For the majority of his service time he was stationed in Hawaii.
A civil engineer by profession, Mr. Robertson was the chief engineer for Portland Development Commission for 22 years.
His wife of 52 years, Sherla Robertson, died in January of 1995. He married Janet Browning in December of 1995.
Survivors include his wife Janet Robertson and his nieces Willa Worthington Cook and Joanne Worthington.
A memorial service has been held.
Remembrances may be sent to Legacy Hopewell House, 6171 S.W. Capitol Hwy., Portland, Ore., 97201.