was an active senior advisor to Lockheed Corporation and its successor, Lockheed Martin Corporation, to the end of his life. His extensive work from 1991 to 2009 covered a wide range, primarily in support of the U.S. Department of Defense. In Bob’s view an engineer’s responsibility was unbounded. He was much sought after as an advisor to the government because of his ability to look at complex issues objectively. He was viewed as a true gentleman, strategic thinker, and roll-up-your-sleeves contributor. Some of his major contributions follow.
He was on the Defense Science Board for several years, participating in numerous major studies, chairing several of them. In 1992, commissioned by the director of Central Intelligence, he chaired a classified task force to improve the functioning of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), particularly in the area of its direct support of operational U.S. military forces. He advocated that the existence and purpose of the NRO be made public, which it was. In the 1990s he served for six years on the Defense Science Board Task Force on Acquisition Reform, where he spoke with authority and carried much weight with his peers.
For the National Research Council, Bob organized the Air Force Studies Board and was its chairman for several years. Later he led a task force on the Air Force C-17 transport aircraft program, which made significant contributions to resolving its technical and program management problems.
He served on the board of directors of the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory (formerly the Instrumentation Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
Throughout his career Bob was a dedicated member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). He was elected a fellow and later an honorary fellow. In 1978 he was the AIAA von Karman Lecturer in Astronautics. He was the AIAA’s president in 1992. When asked to serve, he said yes, that it was his duty to serve his profession. As president he traveled extensively and achieved improved coordination with the International Aeronautical Federation and with the Royal Aeronautical Society, of which he was a fellow. The