ForeverMissed
Posted by William Lubell on March 28, 2021
Diplomatic yet sufficiently mischievous to keep decorum with joviality, Robin inspired by his proper way of being silly, his serious pursuit of remedies to world class problems, and his ever present joie de vivre. Together with Valerie, they fill the room and my heart with an uplifting spirit of hope and joy. In memory, Robin persists as an eternal source of confidence, which enables me to see myself and the world about me with optimism. 
Posted by Marc Funk on March 28, 2021
Robin was an inspiring entrepreneur. He was among one of the founders of Geneprot, a swiss based Biotech that did not make it but he took risks and inspired many. Out of this experience, he nurtured many young scientists and new entrepreneurs that today play important roles in proteomics and genomics that I enjoy following on my Linkedin. He was also a great person to talk about world matters and I spent many enjoyable hours talking with him. Goodbye Robin was great to spend some intense time together.
Posted by Gwyn Davies on March 26, 2021
Robin was, and always will be, a huge influence on me. As a student in Oxford and a postdoc in Geneva, we worked together for the best part of 20 years. A few snapshots come to mind. Robin, when I first met him pointing out the plane of the ecliptic in the sky above Tom Quad in Oxford. Robin in tutorials so enthusiastically describing macromolecular structure-function relationships that you could not help but be inspired. Robin expertly demonstrating techniques in the lab. Robin’s office door always open. Going in to his office say how an experiment had not worked and Robin saying that every one of the wrinkles on his forehead was an experiment that couldn’t fail. Going in to his office to tell him of a really exciting result and being told that was fine, but go and do it again. Robin behind the bbq at the house in Bossy.
Robin was an inspirational teacher, scientist and human and was always ready to give help when you needed it. Steph and I are very grateful that we knew him and our deepest sympathies go to Valerie and the family.    
Posted by Ved Srivastava on March 25, 2021
We pray to Almighty God to give him peace in Heaven and give his Family all strength to bear the loss. I have known Robin and Valerie for a long, of course, through the peptide society. 

Under his American Peptide Society presidency, Andrei Yudin and I run the 2015 American Peptide Symposium in Orlando. He was calm, generous, and a great mentor to me. It was a privilege and honor to work with him and learn from him. I will never forget his long emails full of new ideas for peptide communities. Robin was involved as a Scientific Advisor in the early days of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, where I spent a significant time on my biotech life!!! We will miss him!
Posted by Jerry Radziuk on March 25, 2021
Robin was ever present in my career – from the time that I constantly referred to his Biochemistry textbook as a student in Toronto until I was privileged to work with him many years later. Robin was a good friend, a wonderful collaborator, a truly great scientist and one of the best human beings I have ever known – a man who lived his faith. His presence among us will be sorely missed.
Posted by Emanuel Escher on March 25, 2021
Deeply saddened by Robin's passing, a man I learned to appreciate late in our common careers as peptide scientists. Most of the time we met during numerous American Petite Society meetings and in particular during his tenure as president of this society. Once I learned that he is also a SCUBA divemaster and, after his academic retirement, his wholhearted engagement into his Mintaka foundation I saw him in a very different light and I believe we became friends. My deepest feelings to Valerie and his family
Posted by maurice manning on March 25, 2021
I was so sorry to learn the sad news of Robin Offord's passing. Robin will be greatly missed but warmly remembered by his family and friends.Robin was the epitome of politeness both in person and in writing. I will treasure warm memories of our chats at American and European Peptide Symposia,as well as at Gordon Research Peptide Conferences over the past forty years.Robin was proud of his Irish Heritage and would always greet me in Gaelic. He talked endearingly about his Irish born mother;Eilleen.My Irish born wife Carmel and I had the pleasure of meeting Robin and Valerie in Mexico in 2012 at the Zing Peptide Chemistry Conference in Rivera Maya.Carmel warmly remembers the wonderful chats she and Robin  had about his mother.I learned for the first time there of Robin's passion and exceptional talent for Scuba Diving!He was a certified Master Scuba Diving Instructor! Robin's many outstanding contributions to Peptide Science and to the American Peptide Society have been eloquently  highlighted in many earlier tributes here .In addition to all of these contributions, I was highly impressed by his highly novel approach to the develoment of heat stable inhaled oxytocin  for treating Postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) in subsaharan Africa.I first heard him talk about this very challenging project at the Zing Peptide Conferen ce in Mexico in 2012 with an update at the 2014 Gordon Conference in Ventura ( cochaired by Les Miranda and Dek Woolfson):subsequently reported in Fabio K. et al AAPSPharmSciTech 2015,16(6),1299-1306..This exciting approach was recently highly endorsed as a very worthwhile approach ( subject to the results of Clinical Trials) for the treatment of PPH in resource poor countries. (See Carvalho N .et al.BMC Medicine (2020 18:201.I've no doubt that Robin was greatly enthused b y this very recent endorsement.
Robin's legacy will live on, not only in the memories of his family and friends ,but also  in the lives of the countless women saved by this much needed therapy for PPH .
 Carmel joins me in sending our deepest condolences to Valerie and family and to all others who mourn Robin's loss.
Posted by Michael Yudkin on March 24, 2021
Robin arrived in Oxford in (I think) 1967. A couple of years earlier I had become tutor in biochemistry at University College. The students needed tutorials in physical biochemistry, which I couldn’t teach; so I asked Robin if he could help, and that was how we became colleagues.

Robin was wonderful at teaching: knowledgeable, sympathetic with even the weakest students and totally reliable. But we soon became not only colleagues but also close friends. We met often, in the Department or in the College, and I marvelled at his learning in many topics. He was remarkably erudite and remarkably broad-minded, and I greatly enjoyed the conversations about any topic under the sun. When I got to know Valerie I found that she and Robin had one of the most harmonious marriages I’d ever witnessed.

After Robin moved to Geneva I met him less often, of course, but we corresponded frequently and I learned about his work at the Mintaka Foundation – work that is characteristic of Robin’s practicality, his inventiveness and his passionate desire to help the less fortunate.

It’s a privilege to have known Robin, and my warm sympathy goes to Valerie and all the family.
Posted by Paul Stiff on March 24, 2021
Robin was the professor i/c BIONET a small group of crazy scientists and IT guys supporting Medical Biochemistry with technology and data acquisition tools at Geneva University in the early 1980s. I'll miss his very British sense of humour and unwavering support for advancing technology in the service of science. Farewell Robin.
Posted by Alan Turner on March 23, 2021
I was saddened to hear the news of Robin's passing away. From my time as one of his D.Phil students, I fondly remember his patience, enthusiasm and unfailing support, also his dry sense of humour.
Posted by Alan Amos on March 23, 2021
What a delightful person Robin was ! And his life no doubt continues within the greater life of God.  Clare very much enjoyed a talk he gave at Holy Trinity about his charitable project. I regret that I did not know him better than I did, but I could tell he was someone of great charm and humour, and life-giving as was said in the funeral service.  It was a beautiful occasion, and at the end of the service the church was flooded with light and colours from the West Window. It was a moment that was in tune with our thoughts and memories of Robin.  Remembering him with gratitude,  Alan and Clare Amos
Posted by Ann Hamblin on March 23, 2021
Robin always impressed me with his very quietness, sweet gentleness and glinting humour from the early days when I first knew him with Valerie at Cambridge till our more recent group re-unifications fifty and sixty years later.
It was a privilege to know him, and always a delight to see him and Valerie so happily together. A wonderful man who will leave a lasting legacy to science and all he touched with his inspiration and kindliness.
Posted by Roger Freidinger on March 22, 2021
I have fond memories of working with Robin on the American Peptide Society Council when he was Secretary and I was President. He was dedicated to the APS, and I valued his wise counsel, integrity, and unwavering support in meeting the challenges we faced. He was highly respected as a person and a scientist and will be greatly missed. 
Posted by Ros Davies on March 22, 2021
Robin truly embodied graciousness: always the cleverest person in the room, he shared his encyclopedic knowledge generously and welcomed all contributions, even the silliest ones from us as pesky kids. As a (hopefully) slightly less pesky adult I always so much enjoyed conversations with Robin on topics ranging from astronomy to marine life via the therapeutic potential of cannabidiols and the trials and tribulations of GMP certification. I never stopped learning from him. What a role model. He lives on in everyone’s memories and in his legacy of the Mintaka Foundation. And of course as flambé-er extraordinaire of Christmas puddings. Repose en paix, Robin.
Posted by Melvyn Evans on March 22, 2021
First met Robin a number of years ago when Valerie and he visited my mother, Gwen. My mother was a sister to Valerie's mother. He was an unforgetable character, friendly, outgoing and extremely interesting to listen to. Since then, we have met a number of times and always had the same warm, friendly conversations. We learnt much about his work and we took a lot of interest in progress. His sense of humour was wicked. Will remember this man with great affection, he will be missed by everyone
Posted by Elizabeth Walker on March 22, 2021
I first met Robin in Cambridge as the boyfriend of Valerie a fellow Girtonian. My husband and I lived in Oxford after we were married but I don't recall seeing them there though they may have been there after we moved to Derbyshire. Once our group of Girtonian Geographers started to meet up at re-unions I was able to renew my acquaintance with them both and to realise what an erudite and knowledgeable man he was. He always listened with interest to other people's ideas and was happy to discuss any topic. his sense of humour was great and it was a privilege to have known such a lovely man. May he rest in peace. 
Posted by Waleed Danho on March 22, 2021
We lost a great scientist and a friend. He was a fighter in the peptide field and Peptides as a Drug. My association with Robin goes back to Aachen, Germany while he visiting Prof Zahn Lab at the Germany Wollresearch Institute , in the beginning of 1970, and constitutes over the years We work together with Robin , when he was officer of the APS. His wisdom and personality helped advance the goal of the society .
By passing of Robin, the peptide community , lost a Giant in the field , and we lost a dear friend and colleges. may rest in peace . and our condolence goes to his family and the peptide community at large.
Posted by Jay Levy on March 22, 2021
I'm so sad to hear of Robin's passing. I first met him through our mutual association with Gryphon Sciences in 1997, and I thereafter enjoyed and looked forward to seeing him at all of the subsequent APS meetings. His wit, sense of humor, impeccable scientific prowess and charm will clearly be missed by the entire peptide community and the scientific world. Valerie and his family have my deepest condolences!
Posted by Darren KELLY on March 22, 2021
Uncle Robin - the world will be a dimmer place without you! Always you were humble, kind, intelligent and extremely witty. It was and is a privilege to be your nephew, thank you for all the love, kindness and patience you have shown me throughout my life. You have been an unrivalled role model.
Posted by Joel Schneider on March 22, 2021
The world was a better place with Robin in it. We will all miss him and his contributions to the Society, Science and Life. He bestowed much wisdom, including the suggestion that I spend more time with my own father before he passed, which I did and truly appreciated.
Posted by Carolyn Lilley on March 22, 2021
A great loss, sending love and comfort to Robin's family x x
Posted by Ben Dunn on March 22, 2021
I will always remember Robin for two things; first, he delivered the most excellent lectures at several conferences that I attended. From the first one I told my students that his talks were always a perfect example to follow in any presentations they might make in the future. Second, Robin served the APS as President-elect during my two years as President and I frequently called him for long discussions about important issues facing the Society. His wise council and calm and generous demeanor helped me get through those years. When he assumed the office of President he enacted many of the topics we had discussed and all in the APS are in his debt for his leadership.
Posted by Linda Eshag on March 22, 2021
Robin was a very special and kind man. He leaves behind so much to be admired, his science, his wide range of interests, but not least, his beloved family,
He will be greatly missed
Posted by Peter McGregor on March 22, 2021
While I had the pleasure of being a fellow worshipper at Holy Trinity for many years with Valerie, I only once had the opportunity of talking with Robin. It was after a service when it was still possible to meet at the café across the road from the bus station We had a long chat covering an amazing diversity of subjects including amongst others his experiences with Wall Street in trying the get the financing he needed for his projects and the Celtic origin of many place names - including Geneva itself – which, because of his Irish Gaelic, he was easily able to identify. Our lives will be poorer without you, Robin.
Posted by Andrei Yudin on March 22, 2021
Rest In Peace, Robin. We will always remember your sense of humour, your wits, and your commitment to peptide science.
Posted by Richard DiMarchi on March 22, 2021
He personified what it means to be a gentlemen and a scholar. His leadership in the field of semisynthesis is internationally recognized. He was always prepared to willingly offer his assistance and creativity to advance the field of peptide and proteins sciences. His thoughtful constructive leadership of the APS came at a most delicate time in the history of the society. I will miss his dry wit and persistent encouragement for his colleagues and his family.
Posted by Cate Bichara on March 22, 2021
It was a great privilege to know Robin. A caring, compassionate, supportive and very generous person. The time spent in the Offord family was always full of laughter and interesting conversation - never a dull moment. Robin was always welcoming and supportive throughout my school, university studies and beyond into my career.

Robin was most admirable in his profession, his values leading him to put humanity above profit, and save lives. He was also, and very importantly, a wonderful person whom we shall all miss sorely.
Posted by Artie Raghavan on March 22, 2021
Robin was such an interesting, caring, humorous person to chat with, whether on serious subjects (the danger of H1N1, faith and how we live it) or on more humorous ones. Who can forget his article on the Wurlitzer water-organ to be installed in HTC! He was a lovely human being. A very great loss for his family, his friends, the scientific community. My great, great regret is that I didn't get to know him better.
Posted by Anne Whyte on March 21, 2021
Throughout his life, Robin was a man of great wit, warmth and wisdom. He was also knowledgeable about an amazing breadth of subjects, insatiably curious about everything else and just fun to be with.

I first knew him almost 60 years ago at Cambridge when Robin was successfully wooing Valerie and found that he had met his match in many ways, the love and inspiration of his life, and his future partner. 

When I saw Robin again many years later, several times in Cambridge and eventually here in Canada, I was delighted to find that he was still the same Robin. Certainly he was decades older, wiser, white-haired and crowned with many accolades for his scientific and medical research but still the same intellectually curious Robin that I knew from the 1960s. He could still stun you
with his razor-like perception, and warm you with his kindness and consideration. And he could still make you laugh and see the inconsistencies of the world and in ourselves.

Robin was truly one of a kind and I feel privileged to have been able to call him my friend. I grieve for his family and for my dear friend, Valerie, and the great loss that they feel at this time.
Posted by MARY CLOW on March 22, 2021
On behalf of the members of the TyndaleSociety worldwide, this is to acknowledge the respect and admiration felt for Robin, whom we have known chiefly through Valerie.
His personal charm and humane compassion were tangible even for those of us who were rarely able to experience them first-hand. A great soul: he will be sorely missed.
Posted by Paul Thompson on March 21, 2021
As one of Valerie’s waifs and strays welcomed into the Offord household some thirty years ago and thus into the lives of Valerie and Robin, I will always be grateful. Grateful especially for the wonderful friendship that has been built up over the past three decades.

I’ve returned to stay on several occasions over the years, and I have always had the greatest admiration for Robin. His interests were varied and inexhaustible, from his commitment to his diverse and life saving projects in the field of medicine, to his impressive knowledge of languages, and his love of diving. Breakfast and supper was never boring, and always accompanied by a good measure of dry humour.

Over the years I’ve always looked forward to reading about Robin’s latest achievements in Valerie's yearly Christmas letters. They were true ‘Round Robin’s' in every sense of the term.

My heart goes out to Valerie at this time. Robin will be sorely missed.

Paul Thompson
Posted by Ewa Mariéthoz on March 21, 2021
Toutes mes condoléances. C’était un professeur inoubliable.
Posted by Chantal Wiaux-Zamar on March 21, 2021
Cher Robin,
J’aimerais adresser cet hommage au nom des Membres du Club de Plongée de Plan-les-Ouates, au sein duquel Robin s’est beaucoup investi.
Robin était une personne hors du commun. Il était non seulement un grand scientifique qui a dédié sa vie à la recherche scientifique médicale, mais il avait aussi une autre grande passion, celle de la plongée sous-marine qu’il a pratiquée pendant près de 60 ans.
Comme dans sa vie professionnelle, Robin ne s’est pas contenté de plonger pour son seul plaisir mais il avait en lui, l’envie de partager et transmettre sa passion et ses expériences aux autres.
Rien d’étonnant donc que pendant des années il se soit engagé comme instructeur PADI au sein de notre Club de plongée.
Tous ceux qui ont eu la chance de l’avoir comme instructeur ont pu apprécier la grande qualité de ses cours, ses compétences, sa patience, ses encouragements, son enthousiasme communicatif et son sourire en voyant ses élèves heureux de découvrir la magie des fonds-marins.
Robin, aimait aussi s’amuser, voyager et emmener ses élèves en croisières de plongées à la découverte de fonds marins différents de ceux de notre Lac Léman.
Nous n’oublierons jamais les magnifiques croisières en Egypte que nous avons vécues grâce à lui et qui nous laissent beaucoup de beaux souvenirs dans la tête : moments heureux, moments de détente et d'insouciance, de découvertes et de partage.

En 2007, j’ai accepté de m’occuper de la Commissions Environnement au sein du Club de plongée. Dans ce contexte, j’ai décidé d’organiser des conférences grand public pour les membres du Club.
Robin, s’est tout de suite porté volontaire pour être notre premier conférencier.
Tout en faisant le lien entre la Science et le Loisir, il nous a donné une conférence très instructive sur une plongée scientifique à laquelle il avait participé à Nouméa en Nouvelle-Calédonie. Expédition qui avait pour but de rechercher une espèce de coquillages venimeux (Conus consors) afin d'extraire, d'analyser et de tester l'activité biologique potentielle des molécules contenues dans leur venin.
Lors de cette conférence, Robin nous a rappelé l'importance de la recherche scientifique qui aide à sauver tant de vies humaines et par là aussi, le rôle de la plongée sous-marine mise au service de la recherche scientifique.
Pour terminer ce trop court hommage, j’aimerais partager avec vous et Robin un dernier Irish Coffee sorti tout droit de la valise d’un homme exceptionnel…

Du fond du cœur, un Grand Merci Robin pour tout ce que tu as fait pour le Club de plongée de PLO et ses Membres.

Que toutes nos Meilleures Pensées accompagnent Valérie.

Le Club de Plongée de Plan-les-Ouates - Chantal et Jean-Pol Wiaux-Zamar
Posted by Alexander Gordon on March 21, 2021
It was an enormous privilege to have known Robin and to have heard a small fragment about his pioneering work in the rapidly expanding field of Biotechnological Medicine. As a true scientist and man of faith, he clearly took great delight in the wonder of creation and at the same time worked to ensure that science served humanity and the purposes of God's Kingdom in which humanity can wisely flourish. Our thoughts and prayers with Valerie at this time as we pray that Robin may rest in peace and rise in glory. 
Posted by Joan Wilson on March 20, 2021
Robin was a caring person, and I feel privileged to have known him and Valerie. Robin was a distinguished scientist with a deep knowledge, eager to share, exchange and learn. He had a deep care for humanity and enabled others to grow and realise their potential.
Posted by Guido Latré on March 20, 2021
It was always heart-warming to see Robin and Valerie together. It was clear that they loved each other dearly and that they inspired each other constantly. Valerie wanted to know everything about his scientific research and he was very eager to learn about Valerie's subject: William Tyndale and the Reformation. He will go on living not just in our memories. The spirit of love that was so strong in him will live on forever.
Posted by Paul Kunz on March 20, 2021
An outstanding scientist with the faculty of explaining to non-scientists what he was engaged in and a man of great modesty has left us. He will be greatly missed.
Susan and Paul Kunz
Posted by A. Douglas Peabody on March 19, 2021
Robin was a cofounder of Ceracuity, Inc., a director and esteemed member of our Scientific Advisory Board. We first met back in 2014 when Phil McCarthy, another cofounder and guiding light recruited me to the effort to start a company to treat Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases of aging. Robin was an inspirational figure with a tremendous mind and an encyclopedic knowledge of almost any subject. We will miss his dry wit, his probing insights and most of all his good company.

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Posted by William Lubell on March 28, 2021
Diplomatic yet sufficiently mischievous to keep decorum with joviality, Robin inspired by his proper way of being silly, his serious pursuit of remedies to world class problems, and his ever present joie de vivre. Together with Valerie, they fill the room and my heart with an uplifting spirit of hope and joy. In memory, Robin persists as an eternal source of confidence, which enables me to see myself and the world about me with optimism. 
Posted by Marc Funk on March 28, 2021
Robin was an inspiring entrepreneur. He was among one of the founders of Geneprot, a swiss based Biotech that did not make it but he took risks and inspired many. Out of this experience, he nurtured many young scientists and new entrepreneurs that today play important roles in proteomics and genomics that I enjoy following on my Linkedin. He was also a great person to talk about world matters and I spent many enjoyable hours talking with him. Goodbye Robin was great to spend some intense time together.
Posted by Gwyn Davies on March 26, 2021
Robin was, and always will be, a huge influence on me. As a student in Oxford and a postdoc in Geneva, we worked together for the best part of 20 years. A few snapshots come to mind. Robin, when I first met him pointing out the plane of the ecliptic in the sky above Tom Quad in Oxford. Robin in tutorials so enthusiastically describing macromolecular structure-function relationships that you could not help but be inspired. Robin expertly demonstrating techniques in the lab. Robin’s office door always open. Going in to his office say how an experiment had not worked and Robin saying that every one of the wrinkles on his forehead was an experiment that couldn’t fail. Going in to his office to tell him of a really exciting result and being told that was fine, but go and do it again. Robin behind the bbq at the house in Bossy.
Robin was an inspirational teacher, scientist and human and was always ready to give help when you needed it. Steph and I are very grateful that we knew him and our deepest sympathies go to Valerie and the family.    
his Life

UK professional career

Robin taught biochemistry and carired out research activities at the Universities of Cambridge and Oxford, U.K. from 1962-1980, collaborating with, among others, the Nobel Prize winners Frederick Sanger, César Milstein, Dorothy Hodgkin and Aaron Klug.

Some important dates:
-Scientific assistant United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, 1959-1962
-Researcher Medical Research Council Laboratory Molecular Biology, Cambridge, 1962-1966
-PhD from Cambridge University in 1966
-Staff member Laboratory Molecular Biophysics, Oxford, England, 1966-1972
-Fellow University College, 1968-1973
-Tutor Christ Church, 1973-1980

Geneva career

Robin arrived in Geneva in 1980.
He was appointed professor at the Department of Medical Biochemistry of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva which he directed until his retirement in 2005.
From 1994 to 2000 he was president of the School of Basic Medicine

In 1998 he co-funded the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics
He was co-founder of three biotech companies: Gryphon Sciences (1994), Geneva Bioinformatics (GeneBio) (1998) and Geneva Proteomics (GeneProt) (2000) where he was  
He served for ten years as a member of the Geneva government’s Council for Regional Economic Development.

2002: Shared the “Man of the Year, Switzerland” award of the Swiss financial newspaper L’agefi 
2005:  Recipient of the American Peptide Society’s Makineni Award

Recent stories

A full and Varied life :)

Shared by Jane Barron on March 29, 2021
Playing the Guitar, graduating from Cambridge and filming at Pontins Holiday Camp.

The Holy Ground - Robin Singing and Playing the Guitar

Shared by Jane Barron on March 29, 2021
So grateful that 2 years ago Dad and I tracked down the only recordings of him singing and playing the guitar. We made it together when I was 10 years old. I would like to share one of the tracks here, there are 9 in total, do let me know if you would like me to send them to you.
Thank you to Simon Bray for digitalising them for Dad/Robin.

Alice Offord, 9 Feb 1973 - 27 May 2006

Shared by Jane Barron on March 25, 2021
In loving memory of our dear sister, Robin’s youngest child, Alice Offord. I take comfort in the fact that you are now together. Rest in peace both.