Robert Davis Obituary
 
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Robert E Davis

March 2, 1924 - August 7, 2014
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Robert Eugene Davis March 2, 1924 – August 6, 2014 Robert “Rocket Bob” E. Davis, age 90, passed away August 6, 2014, at Sunrise of La Costa Assisted Living Facility in Carlsbad, California, as a result of end stage Parkinson’s disease. Bob was born on March 2, 1924, in Boise, Idaho, to Winifred Wright Davis and Claude Rubin Davis. He attended Boise High School, received an A.A. degree in engineering from Boise Junior College, and then graduated cum laude from Stanford University with a degree in chemistry. After a short service in the US Navy, where he achieved Electronic...

Robert Eugene Davis





March 2, 1924 – August 6, 2014





Robert “Rocket Bob” E. Davis, age 90, passed away August 6, 2014, at Sunrise of La Costa Assisted Living Facility in Carlsbad, California, as a result of end stage Parkinson’s disease.





Bob was born on March 2, 1924, in Boise, Idaho, to Winifred Wright Davis and Claude Rubin Davis. He attended Boise High School, received an A.A. degree in engineering from Boise Junior College, and then graduated cum laude from Stanford University with a degree in chemistry. After a short service in the US Navy, where he achieved Electronic Technician’s Mate, he attended the University of Washington and earned his Master and Doctorate degrees in chemical engineering, with a minor in mechanical engineering.





Bob’s professional career began at Aerojet General in 1950, in Azusa, California. He has related how he arrived at the Aerojet facility on his first day of employment and was surprised to find that it was an old farm and farmhouse. At one point, the neighboring housewives arrived at Aerojet to complain about the test rocket launches that were soiling the clean laundry that they hung out to dry.





Bob’s list of professional accomplishments started with work on jet-assisted take off rockets for the B-52 and included rocket motor development for the Genie Missile, Minuteman program, and the Polaris Missile (the first submarine-launched ballistic missile). In 1960, he received a personal commendation from US Navy Rear Admiral William Raborn and the White House for the successful submarine test launch of a Polaris missile, By 1966, he was responsible for managing all aspects of the Polaris motor production. He then moved on to manage the development and production of a number of systems for missiles, torpedoes, rocket vehicles, and satellites. During his final years at Aerojet, he managed the production of structural components for nuclear reactors.





In 1974, Bob went to work for Ametek as a Vice President and remained with the company until his retirement. His responsibilities included overseeing the design, development and program management of devices and instruments for the aerospace and nuclear industries. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Nuclear Society, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.





Bob was preceded in death by his first wife, Estelle, and his sister, Margaret (Davis) Pankow. He is survived by his sons, Eric (New York) and Robert (Pasadena, CA), and his second wife, Juanita Rutemiller Davis.





Married in 1996, Bob and Juanita enjoyed an active retirement in San Diego County. They enjoyed traveling, music, and family, and never stopped learning. They participated in Stanford Alumni educational travel journeys and Stanford Alumni social events.





Donations may be made to the Parkinson’s Association of San Diego.



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"I was sorry to learn of Dr. Davis' passing. I was his secretary, at AMETEK, from 1981 until he retired. Dr. Davis was the best boss I ever had, he taught..." Sandi Wentz (El Cajon, CA)

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