AIAA staff loved him because of his positive attitude and willingness to cooperate.
Bob Fuhrman was one of the foremost aerospace systems engineers and managers of the 20th century, with major contributions to the development of missile systems, space systems, electronic systems, military aircraft, and commercial aircraft. He pioneered systems engineering as a fundamental and pragmatic technical and management discipline, essential to achieving the technical, schedule, and cost objectives of aerospace programs of high national priority.
He was an optimistic, inspiring leader and a determined problem solver throughout his career. For over three decades he nurtured a flock of engineers and managers whose technical achievements were diverse and significant. For the two decades that followed, he was continually involved as a trusted advisor to the U.S. government on defense policy matters, particularly acquisition of new systems. He was widely respected for his disciplined contributions. He was much loved by the staff members who supported these efforts.
A longtime resident of Pebble Beach, California, Bob was devoted to his growing family. His first wife, Nan McCormick Fuhrman, died in 1988. He is survived by his second wife, Nancy Richards Fuhrman; his sister, Eloise Schmidt; three children from his first marriage—Lee Ann Kahl, Richard Fuhrman, and William Fuhrman; two stepchildren—Michelle Aliotti and Scott Richards; nine grandchildren—Alexis, Brennan, Robert, Rebecca, Ricky, Ryan, Ali, Madalynn, and Gaspare; and one great-grandchild, Ryder.