Edward Robb

Dr. Edward H. Robb, Boone County presiding commissioner and principal of the firm Edward H. Robb & Associates, died Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at University Hospital. He was 69.

Dr. Robb was born July 1, 1942, in Chicago. He married Rosa Schleeter in 1996.

He graduated from Bradley University and later Michigan State University with master's and doctoral degrees in economics. While in Michigan, Dr. Robb worked for the state with then-Gov. George Romney.

Dr. Robb came to Columbia to become an economics professor at MU in 1972. He served as a founding director of MU's Economic and Policy Analysis Research Center, as a director of the College of Business and Public Administration Research Center and as a director of the State and Fiscal Studies Unit.

Dr. Robb was considered a leading expert on governmental and tax analysis in the Midwest. He was responsible for the development of the Missouri Econometric Model and developed computer-based data systems and economic models for Missouri and other states.

Dr. Robb was elected to represent the 24th District as state representative in the Missouri House in 2004. While in office, he acted as vice chairman of the Budget Committee. He was re-elected in 2006 and served through 2008. Dr. Robb was elected presiding commissioner of Boone County in 2010 and was sworn into office Jan. 1.

Dr. Robb is survived by his wife; five children, Tom Robb of Nashville, Tenn., Adam Robb of Kansas City, Shaun Schleeter of Harrisburg, David Schleeter of Hallsville and Melissa James of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a sister, Carolyn Kraabel and her husband, Bob Kraabel, both of Niles, Mich.; and six grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ed Robb Memorial Public Safety Fund, in care of the Bank of Missouri, 3610 Buttonwood Drive.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth St., with the Rev. Phil Dewey officiating. Visitation will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

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