ROBERT C. BIRDSEY, a farmer and retired materials engineer for the State of Connecticut, died Nov. 27, 2013, at age 94. He lived his whole life in Middlefield, Conn., in the same house built by his grandfather on the farm that had been in the family for many generations. An avid musician, he was also well known for his collection of peonies, which numbered more than 200 varieties, and which have been the subject of feature articles over the years. He is survived by four children, eight grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.