By Keith Robertson



Keith Carlton's obituary, from the September 30, 1991 New York Times:

Keith Robertson, 77; Wrote 5-Book Series For Schoolchildren

Keith Carlton Robertson, who wrote murder mysteries as well as children's books over 40 years, died last Monday at his house in Hopewell, N.J. He was 77 years old. He died of cancer, his daughter Hope said.

Mr. Robertson began writing children's books in 1948 with "Ticktock and Jim." The five books of his "Henry Reed" series began with "Henry Reed Inc." in 1958 and ended with "Henry Reed's Think Tank" in 1986. In 1961, he won the William Allen White Children's Award for "Henry Reed, Inc." and in 1969 for "Henry Reed's Babysitting Service." The prize is awarded by a vote of schoolchildren in Kansas, who read selected books and choose their favorite author.

Mr. Robertson also wrote six adult murder mysteries under the name of Carlton Keith.

Mr. Robertson helped establish the Rutgers University Advisory Council on Children's Literature to help aspiring authors. He was on the boards of the Hopewell Museum and the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association.

After graduating from the United States Naval Academy, he served in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters in World War II and commanded a destroyer. He earned five battle stars. Mr. Robertson retired from the service as a captain in the Naval Reserve.

His wife, Elizabeth Woodburn Robertson, a rare-book dealer, died in November. Surviving are a son, Jerry, of Hopewell; three daughters, Christina, of Philadelphia, Hope, of Stockton, N.J., and Mariko Sasaki of Fort Lee, N.J.; two sisters, Idella Long of Laurens, Iowa, and and Elaine Dubbs of Des Moines, and two grandchildren.

HENRY REED, INC. -- "Henry Reed keeps a journal of his summer activities which include setting up a research firm and embarking on a series of usually profitable projects with the aid of his ally and neighbor Midge." -- illustrated by Robert McCloskey.  1958. Grosset & Dunlap; Dell; Puffin; Viking.

HENRY REED'S JOURNEY -- "The journal from Henry's trip across the country with the Glass family, telling of the sights they saw and the strange things which resulted when Henry and Midge became involved in innocent and blameless goings-on." -- illustrated by Robert McCloskey. 1963. Viking; Dell; Scott, Foresman and Co.; Grosset & Dunlap.

HENRY REED'S BABYSITTING SERVICE -- "Back in Grover's Corners, N.J., for the summer, Henry and his partner Midge establish a baby sitting service and find a disappearing child and a peacock among their charges." -- illustrated by Robert McCloskey. 1966. Grosset & Dunlap; Viking; Puffin; Dell.

HENRY REED'S BIG SHOW -- "Henry had meant to merely launch his career as a producer in small Grover's Corner, but before the summer was over, he had organized a rock-music festival and put on a wild, wild rodeo." -- illustrated by Robert McCloskey. 1970. Viking; Grosset & Dunlap; Dell.

HENRY REED'S THINK TANK -- "When Henry and Midge set themselves up as consultants for the residents of Grover's Corner, they get into a lot of trouble themselves before eventually solving the problems presented to them." -- 1986 Viking; Dell.




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