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Robert Leigh Underwood

Robert Leigh Underwood, American venture capitalist. Fellow, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Science Foundation; scholar, Alcoa.

Background

  • Underwood, Robert Leigh was born on December 31, 1944 in Paducah, Kentucky, United States. Son of Robert Humphreys and Nancy Wells (Jessup) Underwood.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science with great distinction, Stanford University, 1965. Master of Science, Stanford University, 1966. Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, 1968.

      Master of Business Administration, Santa Clara University, 1970.

    Career

    • Research scientist, project leader Lockheed Missiles & Space Company, Sunnyvale, California, 1967—1971. Special assistant for engineering science Office Secretary, Department Transportation, Washington, 1971—1973. Senior management associate Office Management and Budget, Executive Office President, 1973.

      With TRW Inc., Los Angeles, 1973—1979, director retail national accountants, 1977—1978, director product planning and development, 1978—1979. President, Chief Executive Officer OMEX, Santa Clara, 1980—1982. Vice president Heizer Corporation, Chicago, 1979—1985.

      President Northern Capital corporation, 1985—1986. Managing partner ISSS Ventures, 1986—1988. Founding partner North America Business Development Company, Chicago, since 1988.

      President, Chief Executive Officer Polymer Corporation, Rockland, Massachusetts, since 2003. Chairman Integrity Medicolegal Enterprises LCC, Minneapolis, since 2010. Trustee Burridge Mutual Funds, 1996—1998.

    Works

    • Contributor articles to professional journals.

    Membership

    School board Avoca District 37, 1990—1999, vice president, 1996—1999. Advisory board Leavy School Business and Administration Santa Clara University, 1995—2010. Advisory committee on industrial innovation National Science Foundation, 1982—1996.

    Trustee Kenilworth Union Church, since 2003, president, since 2010. Elder Presbyterian Church, 1978—1979. Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Farmington Country Club (Charlottesville, Virginia), Indian Hill Club (Winnetka, Illinois), Union League Chicago, Beta Gamma Sigma, Tau Beta Pi, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.

    Connections

    • Married Susan Lynn Doscher, May 22, 1976. Children: Elizabeth Leigh, Dana Whitney, George Gregory.
    • father: Robert Humphreys Underwood
    • mother: Nancy Wells (Jessup) Underwood
    • spouse: Susan Lynn Doscher
    • children: Elizabeth Leigh Underwood
    • Dana Whitney Underwood
    • George Gregory Underwood
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    Born December 31, 1944
    (age 72)
    Nationality
    • 1965
      Stanford University
    • 1966
      Stanford University
    • 1968
      Stanford University
    • 1970
      Santa Clara University
    • 1967 - 1971
      Research scientist, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
      Sunnyvale, California, United States
    • 1967 - 1971
      project leader, Lockheed Missiles & Space Company
      Sunnyvale, California, United States
    • 1971 - 1973
      special assistant, for engineering science Office Secretary
      Washington, United States
    • 1973
      senior, Office President
    • 1973
      Executive, Office President
    • 1973 - 1979
      with TRW Incorporated
    • 1979 - 1985
      vice president, Heizer Corporation
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 1980 - 1982
      president, OMEX
      Santa Clara, California, United States
    • 1980 - 1982
      Chief Executive Officer, OMEX
      Santa Clara, California, United States
    • 1985 - 1986
      president, Northern Capital Corporation
    • 1986 - 1988
      managing partner, ISSS Ventures
    • 1988
      founding partner, North America Business Development Company
      Chicago, Illinois, United States
    • 2003
      president, Polymer Corporation
      Rockland, Maine, United States
    • 2003
      Chief Executive Officer, Polymer Corporation
      Rockland, Maine, United States
    • 2010
      chairman, Integrity Medicolegal Enterprises LCC
      Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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