WATERVILLE – Robert W. Pul-len, 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at his home. He was a Danforth native, son of Horace M. and Marjorie A. Pullen. He graduated cum laude from Colby College in 1941. He earned a doctorate degree in industrial economics at Mass. Institute of Technology, M.I.T., in 1949. While at M.I.T., he was awarded a fellowship from the Social Science Research Council to underwrite his pre-doctoral research. His teaching career included two years as a teaching fellow and instructor in economics at M.I.T.; member of the Colby College faculty from 1945 until retirement in 1981; and summer teaching positions at Bowdoin College, Tufts University and the University of Maine at Orono. He was chair of the Colby College Economics Department, 1964-1970. He was faculty representative on the board of trustees of Colby and president of the Colby chapter of the American Association of University Professors for two terms. He was a member and officer of the Colby chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Economic Association, and a charter member of the Industrial Relations Research Association. In 1970-1971, he served as administrative vice president of Colby College during the sabbatical leave of professor Ralph S. Williams. He succeeded Arthur W. Seepe, the retiring treasurer of the college, in 1972 and was appointed administrative vice president in 1973, upon the retirement of Vice President Williams. He was secretary to the corporation for four years during his tenure as vice president. He served on many faculty and college committees while an active teaching faculty member and later as a senior administrative officer. His long service to the college was recognized in 1971 when the Alumni Council presented him the Colby Brick Award. He retired from the college in 1981. Pullen was in earlier years an active member of Pleasant Street United Methodist Church, serving as trustee and chair of the finance committee for many years. He was a trustee of Thayer Hospital and later of Mid-Maine Medical Center, and was for a time a trustee and treasurer of the Good Will Home Association and Hinckley School. He was a director of WCBB Broadcasting Co., Depositors Trust Co. of Augusta, and the New England Council. During 1960-1971, he served as a public member and for a time was chair of the Advisory Council of the Maine Employment Security Commission. In 1970 he was appointed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to serve on its advisory council on truth-in-lending. He was also appointed by Governor Curtis to his advisory committee on business taxation. Survivors include his two daughters, Susan A. Pullen of Belgrade and longtime partner, Susan Littlefield, and Deborah P. Boucher of Worchester, Mass., and her husband, Richard and their two children, Bradley and Stephanie Boucher; his younger brother, Richard Pullen and his wife, Bobbi; four nieces, one nephew; his wife, Marjorie D. Pullen; two stepdaughters, Paula Bryand and Debora Warrington and husband, Robert; five stepgrand-daughters and three stepgrand-sons. He was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his two daughters, Mary, in 1960; and an older brother, John Pullen and wife, Edna. The family extends its deepest thanks and appreciation to all of the loving caregivers who came into his and our lives over the last 15 months. Visiting hours will be held 7-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Gallant Funeral Home, 10 Elm St., Waterville. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pleasant Street Methodist Church, 61 Pleasant St., Waterville, with the Rev. Arlene Tully officiating. A luncheon will be held after the services in the church hall. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Colby College Alumni Fund, Class of 1941, Mayflower Hill, Waterville, ME 04901.