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Biomedical engineer

Richard Robert Tarr, American biomedical engineer.


Tarr, Richard Robert was born on June 13, 1948 in Springfield, Illinois, United States. Son of Robert William and Margaret Helen (Kobialka) Tarr.


Bachelor of Science in Science Engineering, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1970. Diploma, Northwestern University School Radiological Technology, Chicago, 1975. Master of Science in Bioengring., Texas Agricultural and Mechanical, 1977.


Clinical design engineer, Northwestern University, Chicago, 1973-1975;research associate, U. Miami, Florida, 1977-1978;instructor, director, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1978-1985;director product development, DePuy, Warsaw, Indiana, 1985-1989;general manager, DePuy-DuPont Orthopaedics, Warsaw, 1989-1990;vice president Research and Development, Depuy United States of America, Warsaw, 1990-1994;senior vice president research & development, DePuy Orthopaedics, Warsaw, 1994-1998;vice president research and orthobiologics, DePuy Orthopaedics, Warsaw, since 1998. Consultant Hall, Tarr & Associations, Cypress, California, 1981-1985. Lecturer University of Southern California, L. A., 1980-1985.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor articles on orthopedic biomechanics, total joint arthroplasty, fracture healing to professional journals.


Chairman board elders St. John's Lutheran Church, Orange, California, 1983-1984. Secretary voters' assembly, elder Redeemer Lutheran Church, Warsaw, 1985-1986. Elder, treasurer 1st Presbyterian Church, Warsaw, 1993-1995.

Served with United States Army, 1970-1973. Member American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Orthopaedic Research Society, Society Biomaterials, Veterinary Orthopaedic Society, International Society Fracture Repair.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: golf, photography, gardening, woodworking.


Married Joan Elaine Marcks, August 15, 1970. Children: Julianne Janell, Kevin Cody.

Robert William Tarr

Margaret Helen (Kobialka) Tarr

Joan Elaine Marcks

Julianne Janell Tarr

Kevin Cody Tarr