Roberdeau Callery DuBois of New Haven, Connecticut, died December 27 at the age of 92. She was a seasonal resident of Woods Hole.
She was the widow of Dr. Arthur B. DuBois, who died on December 24. They were married almost 70 years.
Known as Robin, she was born in New York City. She was the daughter of Francis A. Callery and Virginia Roberdeaus Annan Callery.
She attended The Chapin School, graduated from Milton Academy, and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in zoology from Smith College.
After marrying Dr. DuBois in 1950, the couple moved to Rochester, New York, then to Boston, then to Philadelphia, where they for 23 years before moving to New Haven, Connecticut, in 1974.
Her interest in science began as a child by identifying the trees and plantings of Central Park. Her curiosity for the wonder of nature’s wide variety of plants and animals stayed with her throughout her life. An award-winning horticulturalist, Ms. DuBois was a member of the Garden Club of New Haven, the Planter’s Club of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.
As an adult she studied the histories and art of Western, Middle Eastern, and Chinese cultures at Yale University. With her husband she traveled to Europe, Japan, Australia, Iran, India, China and Tibet. Of all the places in the world, her favorite was her second home in Woods Hole.
She served as president of the Colonial Dames Chapter II in Lemon Hill, and was a member of the Acorn Club in Philadelphia, the Chilton Club in Boston and The Colony Club in New York.
She leaves her children, Anne R. DuBois, Brooks DuBois and his wife, Mary Salerno DuBois, and James E.F. DuBois; three grandchildren, Laura B. DuBois, Brooks Michael DuBois and Marian R. DuBois; many nieces and nephews; and her brother, James Callery. She was preceded on death by her sister, Joanne Callery Heffelfinger.
A memorial service honoring the lives of Ms. DuBois and her husband will be held on Saturday, February 8, at 11 AM in Dwight Hall at Yale, 67 High Street, New Haven, Connecticut.
Interment will be at Church of the Messiah Cemetery in Woods Hole at a later date.