Robert A. Skinner, general manager of the Metropolitan Water District during its most ambitious expansion program, died Sunday at age 91.
He served as general manager from 1962 to 1967, a period in which MWD completed its $1.3-billion program to bring water from Northern California through the State Water Project.
The contract he negotiated for the delivery of 2 billion gallons a year from the state became a prototype for other agencies getting water from the project.
Skinner joined MWD as an assistant engineer in 1933 after Navy service in World War I and several years with a firm constructing a power plant on the Feather River.
He subsequently became office engineer, assistant chief engineer and then general manager.