Professor Robert Sackett combined a career in academia with the most practical of engineering assignments, notably as a pioneer in sanitation and highway developments in the Midwest.
He held office in several scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of which he was a vice-president. At the time of his death, he was dean emeritus of the school of engineering at Pennsylvania State College. He wrote many technical works and was the author of the book The Engineer, His Work and His Education.
Robert Lemuel Sackett was born in Mount Clemens, MIichigan, in 1867, only child of Lemuel MIller Sackett and Emily Cole. He died at the Hotel Sheraton, New York City, in 1946.