In Memory

Robert Osborn

Richard Robert Osborn, 73, of Arlington, Massachusetts, passed away on December 23, 2016 at Mass General Hospital after a two month battle with pancreatitis.

Robert was born on May 31, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York to Harold and Winifred Osborn (née Hayes). He graduated from Montclair High School (NJ) in 1961 and continued on to receive a Bachelor’s of Science in Physics from Columbia University in 1966.

Robert worked across many aspects of computer hardware and algorithms and was an innovator in voice recognition and image compression. He constantly expanded his knowledge in all areas of science and technology and was an avid reader of engineering and scientific publications. He enjoyed exploring: going for long walks, driving across the country in very small roadsters, and investigating the wonders of the universe.

Robert is survived by his two children, David and James; his significant other, Joanne; and his sister, Winifred.



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01/05/17 04:25 PM #1    

John Woolsey

Too Soon! Robert, I'll miss your humor and friendship.

01/05/17 08:48 PM #2    

Chris Weimar

Another classmate and good guy is gone. So sad.

01/09/17 10:00 PM #3    

George Harrison

I recall that Bob and I used to go dumpster diving for electronic parts in the 9th grade or so. We considered that to be a good time in those days. He was strong as an ox. RIP Bob

01/10/17 05:39 PM #4    

Michael Sternbach

Bob and I grew up together on Woodmont Rd when it was a dead end street. He moved in around 7th grade. We had woods to play in, new construction to wander around in. We made bombs and set them off in the woods with resounding success. We once were playing around with his step father's WWII 45cal pistol. Bob decided to stack up some 2 X 10s in the basement and fire the pistol at them. Whoops, he missed and destroyed a lamp. Boy, we were lucky. He also ended up with some copper tubing in his ribs when a small bomb he was tinkering with exploded. What a great childhood we had. It's sad to see him go, fortunately, the memories will always be there. 

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