Robert Eugene Dawson

Male18 May 1930–28 February 2004

Brief Life History of Robert Eugene

When Robert Eugene Dawson was born on 18 May 1930, in Amarillo, Potter, Texas, United States, his father, Francis Wendel Dawson, was 24 and his mother, Mary Lou Fagan, was 22. He died on 28 February 2004, in Tacoma, Pierce, Washington, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in University Place, Pierce, Washington, United States.

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Francis Wendel Dawson
Mary Lou Fagan
Samuel Francis Dawson
Robert Eugene Dawson

Sources (6)

  • Robert Eugene Dawson, "Texas Birth Certificates, 1903-1935"
  • Robert E Dawson, "Washington Death Index, 1965-2014"
  • Robert E Dawson, "United States, GenealogyBank Obituaries, 1980-2014"

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World Events (8)


Age 1

The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the national anthem.


Age 10

Galloping Gertie is the reference used to describe the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. It opened on July 1, 1940 four months later it no longer existed. On November 7, 1940 the wind gusts came up to 40 miles an hour causing the bridge to twist and vibrate violently before it collapsed into Puget Sound. The only victim of the bridge collapsing was a three-legged paralyzed dog named Tubby whose owner tried to rescue him from the car but he wouldn’t go with him.


Age 20

United States military forces play a leading role against North Korean and Chinese troops in Korean War.

Name Meaning

English: patronymic meaning ‘son of Dawe’, from the Middle English personal name Daw(e) (see Daw 1 and 2), which is sometimes a pet form of David (see 2 below) but more generally of Rauf or Raw (i.e. Ralph ), of which Daw(e) is a rhyming form. Alternatively, the patronymic could mean ‘son of Daud(e)’, another Middle English pet form of Ralph evidently used interchangeably with Dawe. Dawson is one of the most numerous patronymics.

Scottish: patronymic, ‘son of Dawe’. In Scotland Dawe is a diminutive of David (compare 1 above).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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