Robert Elmer Pex MBA ’66 entered into rest peacefully at home on September 22, 2011 after a long illness. Bob was born to John and Loretta Pex in Dunsmuir, Calif. on May 10, 1924. He was predeceased by his parents, and siblings John, Richard, James, and Audrey Janice. His childhood years were spent in Klamath Falls, Ore., where he graduated from Klamath Union High School. After receiving aeronautical technical training he was employed in the maintenance department of Pan American World Airways at San Francisco airport from 1943 to 1960. During World War II Pan Am operated as part of the Naval Air Transport Service in the Pacific. Pex spent 6 months stationed on Canton Island. Later he was sent to Honolulu, where he met and married Betty Marie Carlsten on August 6, 1948. After returning to the mainland Bob, while working full time, attended local College of San Mateo for his AA degree, San Jose State University for his BS in aeronautics, graduate work in engineering at Stanford University, and the University of Santa Clara for his MBA. In 1960 he went to work at Lockheed in Sunnyvale where he was an aerospace engineer until he retired in 1989. Pex thoroughly enjoyed both of his challenging careers. He had a lifelong interest in Scouting, having served as leader of a Scout troop in Honolulu, later on troop committees in Belmont and skipper of the Belmonster Sea Scout Ship and commodore of the San Mateo council. He received many awards of merit and the Silver Beaver award for his years of dedicated service. A lifelong member of the Congregational Church, Pex was a charter member of the Belmont UCC church, serving on many committees and as moderator and then as parliamentarian for many years. His volunteer activities included many hours preparing and serving meals for Samaritan House. He was a 35-year member of the Belmont Kiwanis Club, serving as president and lieutenant governor of Division VI, again giving hundreds of hours to service projects. He was a life member and past vice commandant for youth activities in the Redwood City American Legion Post. In recent years he enjoyed participating in a local SIRS group. His other interests included: learning to fly a single engine plane, cheering at 49er and Giants baseball games, holding season tickets for ACT and Hillbarn theaters for many years, attending opera and symphony performances, reading about history, and especially traveling. He felt fortunate that he had visited all fifty states and all seven continents, including 87 countries. He was devoted to his beloved wife Betty, his greatly loved children Barbara (Marvin) Bain, Carol Pex, and David (Jill) Pex, and his dear grandchildren Rebecca, Jessica, Bryan, Jennifer, Otto, Roy, and Josephine, and great grandchildren Kaleb, Jordan, Macy, Ben, Dylan, Cody, Ty, Jill, Julie, and Jennifer. He is also mourned by many cousins and friends, both local and around the world.

08 Nov 2018