Dr. William Gerard “Gerry” Robey


    Dr. William Gerard “Gerry” Robey was born on November 4, 1944 in Steelville, Missouri to Dr. William H. and Katheryn (Roach) Robey and passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021 at the age of 77 years, 1 month and 13 days.


    He married Cynthia Buchwalter in 1974. Over their 47 years of marriage, Gerry and Cynthia lived in Maryland, Illinois, California, England, Italy and Utah.
    Gerry spent his career dedicated to the advancement of science and medicine. He completed his undergraduate studies at Quincy College, going on to earn a PhD at the University of Missouri.
    Among his many professional accomplishments, he characterized the HIV surface protein GP120 in the early years of HIV/AIDS research, contributed to early-1990s research related to the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (Mad Cow Disease) outbreak in the UK and was instrumental in addressing the manufacturing shortages of the influenza vaccine in 2004-5.
    Gerry also had many hobbies. He wired electricity in a 200-year-old home, tended to decades of tomato harvests and even pursued blacksmithing for a time. In his retirement, he dedicated much of his time to woodworking.
    Residents of Lafayette, California, for over 20 years, Gerry and Cynthia relocated to the Salt Lake City area shortly before Gerry’s passing.
    He is survived by his wife, Cynthia; son, Thomas Robey; daughter-in-law, Susan Fink; daughter, Sarah Robey and son-in-law Richard Blok of Pocatello, Idaho;  grandsons, Michael and Frederick of Seattle; sisters, Mary Katheryn (Kay) Cosgrove and Frances Anne Ryan; brother John Joseph Robey; other relatives and friends.
    A virtual memorial will be held in Gerry’s honor next year.