Robin Sheryl Hightower

Staff report

February 19, 2013

Robin Sheryl Hightower died Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013, at Hospice of Wake County, after a long struggle with Huntington’s Disease and cancer.

She was born on Aug. 31, 1956, in Charlotte to the late John and Audrey Cuthbertson.

Robin earned her bachelors of science degree in Zoology at N.C. State University and her master’s degree in Zoology and PhD in Genetics from the University of Georgia. She did post-doctoral research in the Biochemistry and Biophysics Department at the University of California San Francisco then worked as a research scientist at DNA Plant Technology in Oakland. After returning to North Carolina in 1991, Robin worked as a research associate in the Plant Pathology Department at N.C. State University then as a research scientist and patent liaison at Ciba-Geigy Corporation. She was an instructor in the Biology Department at Central Carolina Community College from 2002 to 2007.

Robin was a very sweet and thoughtful person who enjoyed life and loved being a mother, wife, and scientist. She was an active member and Sunday School teacher at St. Francis United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph E. Hightower of Cary; and son Jason of Boone.

The family thanks Robin’s friends for the visits and expressions of concern. We also greatly appreciate the skilled and compassionate care provided by the Hospice of Wake County, Sunrise of Cary assisted-living facility, and Drs. Mary Edmondson, Rhonda Gabr, Mark Graham, Rhonda Stahl, and Nancy Tove.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the North Carolina Center for the Care of Huntington’s Disease ( in Robin’s memory.

A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, at St. Francis United Methodist Church, 2965 Kildaire Farm Road, Cary, N.C.