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Robert Carson Chinn, American computer company executive, lawyer. Bar: Louisiana 1942; certified manufacturing engineer. Elected to Hall of Distinction, Louisiana State University Alumni, 1988.


Chinn, Robert Carson was born on July 30, 1916 in Biloxi, Mississippi, United States. Son of Roy and Lula (Carson) Chinn.


Bachelor, Louisiana State University, 1939. Juris Doctor, Louisiana State University, 1942.


Labor attorney, Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan, 1946-1948; staff executive, Ford Motor Company, Atlanta, 1948-1958; manager assembly operations, Ford Motor Company, various locations, 1959-1968; vice president manufacturing and operations, Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, 1969-1973; senior vice president, group executive, Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, 1974-1975; senior vice president, assistant to chief Executive officer, Control Data Corporation, Minneapolis, 1976-1983; president, Control Data of Caribbean Basin, 1984-1987; Chairman of the Board, Control Data Netherlands B.V., Rijswijk, 1978-1984; Chairman of the Board, Elbit Computers Ltd., Haifa, Israel, 1973-1981; chairman of the executive committee, WTG Systems, Ltd., Kingston, 1981-1987; chairman, chief Executive officer, Communications Research Group, Inc., 1984-1987; president, chairman, Carson-Walker Corporation, 1988-1991; chief Executive officer, chairman, Robotic Displays Corporation, 1988-1991. Board directors Elron Electronic Industries, Ltd., Haifa, Fibronics International, John E. Chance Associations, Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana.


  • Bar: Louisiana 1942; certified manufacturing engineer.


Trustee American Farmland Trust, Washington, since 1982, Caribbean/Central America Action, Washington, from 1983. Director Louisiana Partnership for Technology and Innovation. Chairman Louisiana Gov's.

Committee on Advance-Research Based Industries, 1990. Member Louisiana Governor's Economic Development Commission, 1991. Member Louisiana Commission on Ports and Infrastructure, 1990, Governor's Pan American Commission, 1991.

Major Army of the United States, 1942-1946. Member American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, American Society Manufacturing Engrs (cert engineer), Society Automotive Engineers, Engineering Society Detroit, St. Paul Area Chamber of Commerce (chairman, president 1972-1973), United States-Israel C. of Chamber (board directors New York City 1979-1987). Clubs: Minnesota, Baton Rouge Country.

Lodges: Masons; Shriners, Rotary.


Married Twila Thompson, January 1, 1944 (divorced 1955). Children: Robert Carson, Bennett Thompson. Married Eleanor Wyatt Walker, August 31, 1957.

Children: Elizabeth Wyatt, Meredith Walker.

Roy Chinn

Lula (Carson) Chinn

Eleanor Wyatt Walker

Twila Thompson

Bennett Thompson Chinn

Elizabeth Wyatt Chinn

Meredith Walker Chinn

Robert Carson Chinn