|ROBERT A. CHARPIE|
Robert Charpie; physicist was chairman of Cabot Corp.
As chairman and CEO of Cabot Corp., Robert A. Charpie helped diversify the Boston-based industrial giant and expand it’s global reach. “He has an immensely powerful mind,’’ the late Peter H. Vermilye, then a Cabot director, told the Globe in 1980. “He can grasp numbers, business problems, deal with scientific and technological concepts. He is incredibly ambitious, decisive and competitive. He always wants to be No. 1.’’ Dr. Charpie, who began his career as a physicist at Oak Ride National Laboratory in Tennessee, died Oct. 13. He was 86 and lived in Weston.