Robert B. Knott Papers,   1884, 1985, and undated
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Robert B. Knott was born in Carson City, Michigan, on August 13, 1919. He was the son of Marley and Mary Knott. He attended Carson City High School and graduated in 1937. He received a bachelor’s degree and a teaching certificate from Central Michigan College, later University, in 1941. Knott enlisted in the army on August 18, 1942 and after basic training was assigned to the WWII project of deciphering the Japanese Code. At the University of Michigan he was taught to read, speak and write the Japanese language. After his discharge from the military, he taught in the American Dependent Schools in Japan from 1950 until 1956. After his father suffered a stroke, Robert was required to return home to manage the family farm. Following his father’s death, Knott returned to Japan. At the end of his Japanese tenure he returned home and taught in Carson City, Fulton Township, and Stanton Michigan. Robert Knott was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his late fifties and passed away on December 27, 1994. (This information is from the collection.)