Robert Ellsworth Doolittle, age 86 of Gainesville, FL, passed away and joined his Savior Jesus Christ in heaven on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. Dr. Doolittle was born on May 22, 1936 in New Haven, Connecticut to Edward A. Doolittle and Marjory Cole Doolittle.
Robert graduated from Hamden High School in 1954. He then graduated in 1958 with a B.S. degree in Agronomy and graduated in 1963 with a PhD. in Organic Chemistry at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT. He then moved to Duke University in Durham, NC for a year of post-doctoral study and a second year of study at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He was then offered a position as a research chemist at the USDA in Beltsville, MD. After seven years in Beltsville, he transferred to the USDA Laboratory in Gainesville, FL, where he worked until retiring in 1996.
Retirement for Robert became very exciting and challenging as he moved to Prague in the Czech Republic and worked at the Academy of Sciences. Robert and his wife Elaine lived in Prague for 6 months in 1996 and again for another 6 months in 2002. After tasting the challenges of living and working in Europe, Robert and his wife, Elaine, decided to begin volunteering in Ukraine as Christian evangelists for 6 months in 2003 and another 6 months in 2004.
Robert is survived by his wife of 63 years, Elaine Haddock Doolittle, his daughter Juliet (Mark) Andino, his sons Mark (Mindy) and Geoffrey (Cathrine), his sisters Susan (Albert) Nelson and Hollis Wnek, four grandchildren Joseph (Alexis) Andino, Elizabeth (William) Arbogast, Mary Andino and Matthew Doolittle.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00pm Monday, January 16, 2023, at Zion Lutheran Church, 1700 NW 34th Street, Gainesville. On Sunday, October 30th 2022, Robert was honored to present a short Scripture reading as one of the founding members of the church which began services fifty years ago in 1972. Arrangements are in the care of Milam Funeral and Cremation Services, 311 S Main Street, Gainesville, FL.