Dr. Robert M. Todd

Dr. Robert M. Todd

Dr. Robert M. Todd is a retired mathematics professor from Virginia. He received his Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University, as well as two Master’s degrees in education and mathematics. He earned his Doctorate in education from the University of Virginia, and taught mathematics at Boston University and Virginia Polytech Institute and State University.

Dr. Todd has eight children and 12 grandchildren, and has led an interesting and adventurous life, spending many of his summers touring across America. He enjoys history, travel and reminiscing about his experiences during the Great Depression and Korean War.
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Bachelors in Civil Engineering - Purdue University, Masters in Education - Purdue University, Masters in Mathematics - Purdue University, Doctorate in Education - University of Virginia



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  • Summer Vacation Risks: What to Do If You Encounter a Black Bear
    Spring is well underway and family vacations are just around the corner. Along with all the seasonal fun come some risks. Sunburn, bee stings, and yes – even bear encounters are possible. Do you know what to do if you encounter a black bear?
  • Parenting for Dummies: Lock Up the Guns
    Yesterday, as I opened my morning paper, a headline slapped me all the way back to 1933. “Toddler shot by 5-year-old brother.” In 1933 I was five years old and narrowly escaped the same sort of tragedy.
  • Peanut Butter and Tomato Sandwiches from the Great Depression
    Most of my life I have been enjoying peanut butter and tomato sandwiches. Although you rarely hear of them today, they were a common meal back when I was a kid during the Great Depression.
  • World War II Rationing - it Wasn't All Bad
    During WWII you weren’t able to just walk into the grocery store and buy whatever you wanted. Some items were in short supply. To ensure that everyone got their fair share, the government introduced rationing.
  • The Unknown Soldier in the Forgotten War
    In the Korean War I worked with a North Korean who had crossed over to work with UN forces. He was killed serving our country as well as his own. I still think about his family, and wonder if they ever knew how courageously he served the cause of freedom.
  • The Man Who Couldn't Speak English, but Taught Me a Lesson About Family
    When I married my wife in 1952, I was taken into her immigrant family in Whiting, Indiana. That’s when I met Uncle Al, who really wasn’t her uncle at all. His real name was Alexander Litonas, and his path to my in-laws' house was a difficult one.
  • 2,000 Light Years from Home – Summer Vacation Gone Bad
    In 1972 we took a cross-country camping trip with our eight children, my mother-in-law and our German Shepherd. I was driving a Dodge van pulling a 25-foot trailer for the kids when the unthinkable happened, 2000 light years from home.
  • Turning Junk Into Victory: WWII Recycling and the Kids
    In World War II, the whole country supported the war effort. Most of the young men went to war. Most of the young women filled their jobs or did defense work. Even children got in on the activities by collecting usable trash for military recycling.
  • 4 Ways Being an Intelligence Agent Made Me a Better College Professor
    My career as a professor began when I was an Army private during the Korean War. As I look back on what I learned as an intelligence agent, I realize much has to do with questioning authority and being skeptical, as things are not always as they seem.
  • Why Everyone Should Live Through a Great Depression
    My Depression-era childhood was spent in a neighborhood of unemployed men and anxious women. While I remember the bad times, I also look back and see examples of neighbors and friends pulling together and sharing what little they had.
  • My Experience as an Intelligence Agent in the Korean War
    My life’s course changed quickly when I was drafted in 1952. I had already been accepted into the Air National Guard and was expecting to leave for pilot training in a few weeks. But the draft board, in their frenzy to fill quotas, had other plans for me.

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