Saturday, July 23, 2016

"And It Was the Last Thing He Ever Wrote"

Daily Breeze, 7/23/16  OBITUARIES - Bob and Pat Brodsky

Claremont, CA   Dr. Robert F. "Bob" Brodsky, age 90, died on March 29, 2016, after a short illness. 

Bob was a distinguished aerospace engineer and professor; an avid sailor; New Orleans Jazz .expert and the author of seven books, who is listed in:  Who's Who in America, Science and Engineering and American Education.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, he's a graduate of:  Cornell (BME); NYU (MA and ScD) Aeronautic Engineering; and the U of New Mexico (MS Math.)  He served in the US Navy in WWII.

Bob's beloved wife, Patricia "Patti" Wess Brodsky, age 82, an actress and fellow world traveler died a day later on March 30, 2016.  They raised four children:  Bette, Bobby (he predeceased them),
David and Jeffrey and are also survived by eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Bob and Patti were area residents for many  years while he worked at TRW and taught at USC (see a detailed memorial in:  USC Viterbi School of Astronautical Engineering, News Letter, April 2016, p.7-8.)

Bob skippered a 38 foot sloop in the South Bay with a merry and accomplished crew of "old salts," until Bob and Pat retired to Claremont in 2012.

The couple leaves behind devoted friends, family and colleagues from all over the world as reported in their book, "Bob and Pat TRIP the Light Fantastic" 2014 (

A memorial gathering is being planned for Spring 2017 here in Redondo Beach.  Please sign the guest book at

Editor's Note:  I have used paragraphs to better facilitate reading the above.  Am awaiting confirmation from daughter Bette that he did, in fact, write his own obituary.. He mentioned he was doing it several years ago and there are just too many "Bob-isms" for me to believe that anyone else penned it.  "a merry and accomplished crew of "old salts;"  the absolutely specific place to read a fuller, more detailed memorial down to the pages it ran on.  Pure Bob.

Confirmation - Bette just informed me that he did in fact write it with post-mortem editing by his cousin, Jane, of West Hollywood. 

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