Robert Emmett Mueller, 91, died on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at the Wingate at Dutchess in Fishkill, NY.
Son of the late Hugo F. and Dora (Doering), he was born in St. Louis, MO on April 3, 1925. He was raised in Missouri until the age of 17, when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy. During World War II, he served aboard several vessels throughout the Mediterranean, and was honorably discharged in 1946.
After his military service, Robert enrolled in M.I.T., where he studied electrical engineering and graduated in 1948. Afterward, he studied aesthetics at N.Y.U., and graduated in 1951.
As an artist, he specialized in wood cuts and abstract oil paintings. His work became critically acclaimed, and many of his projects were acquired by the New York Public Library, Museum of Modern Art (New York), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Stadtmuseum in Berlin, and London’s Victoria & Albert Museum. Many pieces of his collection are currently held at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, NJ.
In addition to his renown as an artist, he was also a successful author of several books such as Science of Art, Inventivity, Eyes in Space, and Inventor’s Notebook.
On January 13, 1955, he married Diane E. Lobl in New York City. Diana survives at home.
Additional survivors include his son, Erik T. Mueller & his wife Susanna; his daughter, Rachel Mueller-Lust & her husband Andy; and his grandson, Matthew.
He was predeceased by his parents as well as three siblings: Hugo Mueller, Helen Mueller, and George Mueller.
All services are private and at the convenience of the family.
Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
For online tributes, you may visit Robert’s Book of Memories at

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