Pedestrian struck in roadway had passion for writing, teaching

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A Longboat Key resident and University Professor of more than four decades was struck and killed by a car while taking his morning stroll.

Eighty-five-year-old Warren Roberts was crossing Gulf of Mexico Drive Tuesday, May 8, when he was hit on the east side of the road next to Whitney Beach.

Roberts was hit at around 6 a.m., say Longboat Police, by two northbound vehicles. It was more than half an hour before sunrise, and no tickets or charges were issued to the drivers of the vehicles. The accident closed Gulf of Mexico Drive for about six hours.

Roberts was born in Santa Monica, California on the same day he died, May 8, in 1933. Roberts earned his Bachelor’s Degree from USC in 1954 and served in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956. He returned to UC Berkley where he earned a Ph.D. in History.

Roberts had a career as a professor of history at the University of Albany from 1963-2013. Roberts specialized in 18th Century French History and later became an expert in the history of Albany and its architecture.

The Albany Times Union reports that Roberts for years as a professor rode his Trek bicycle around Albany and the rides led to a 2010 book, “A Place in History: Albany in the Age of Revolution 1775-1825.”

After retiring from his life as a professor, Roberts wrote for the Times Union on subjects ranging from television and the rise of Donald Trump, to the British Electoral System, and other cultural issues.

Roberts also wrote books on Jane Austin, The French Revolution and artist Jacques Louis David.

Roberts retired to Longboat Key with his wife Anne F. Roberts. He is survived by his wife Anne, his four children; Carissa, James, Thomas and Peter; and six grandchildren; Kyle, Austin, Nolan and Surawit Roberts, and Stewart and Hillary Williams.

For many years, while at the University of Albany, Roberts would always be seen with his loyal and loving dog, Buster at his side.

Memorial services are scheduled for Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. at All Angels by the Sea Episcopal Church with reception following. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be sent to Southeastern Guide Dogs or the Silverstein Institute.

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