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Robert C.  Linck

Robert Charles Linck was born in Philadelphia on December 24, 1905, the son of Flora and J. Edward Linck, a sheet metal contractor. Robert was graduated with highest honors from Lehigh University in 1926 and awarded the degree of Civil Engineer. He joined the J. Edward Linck Sheet Metal Works as an estimator and registered a number of patents involving the use of sheet metal roofing. The family company incorporated in 1961, and in 1965 merged with the Warren-Ehret Company, a large roofing and sheet metal contracting firm with operations in Allentown, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. Robert served as President until his death in 1970.

Robert C. Linck was an enthusiastic collector of minerals, especially specimens from New Jersey but also while climbing in the French and Swiss Alps. In 1944, Robert and his good friend, the late Robert Hesse, purchased the Robert B. Gage Collection and divided the specimens between them. He traded actively with the leading curators of his day including William Foshag of the Smithsonian Institution, Samuel Gordon of the Academy of Natural Science of Philadelphia, Charles Toothaker of the Commercial Museum and Frederick Pough of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Robert C. Linck died in July 1970. The disposition of his collection was handled exclusively by New York City mineral dealer John Betts.

Social Security Death Index.
US Federal Census, 1910, 1920, 1930.
Ricardo Pimentel's Zeolite website.
Ricardo Pimentel's Zeolite website.
Robert E. Linck (son), personal communication, 2009.
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