Robert Elliott Short

Robert Elliott Short

April 11, 1932 - January 19, 2013

Robert Elliott Short

April 11, 1932 - January 19, 2013


SHORT, ROBERT ELLIOTT, Lt Col USMC, passed away January l9, 2013. He was born April 11, 1932 to Vyval Clarence Short and Louise Elliott Short in Manchester, New Hampshire. Bob was predeceased by his beloved wife of fifty-five years, Marlene Coyne Short. He graduated from Mount Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh and received his BA degree from St. Vincent College, Latrobe, PA in 1954. Bob was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1955 and received his wings as a naval aviator in 1957. During his twenty-six years in the Marine Corps he flew many aircraft ranging from single seat jets to multi-engine refueling transports and helicopters with assignments progressing from squadron pilot to commanding officer. He was stationed on both the East and West coasts, in Hawaii, Japan, and Viet Nam. Bob was a graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, CA where he learned Chinese Mandarin, the Defense Intelligence School, Industrial College of the Armed Forces and Pepperdine University where he earned his MBA in 1975. Bob was awarded the Air Medal with three stars, the Combat Action Ribbon and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with one star. His final assignment was Commanding Officer of Aviation Support Detachment, Headquarters Marine Corps. After retiring from the Marine Corps Bob went to work for Fluor Corporation where he was Manager of Record/Data Management for the Northwest Alaskan Pipeline project. In 1982 he joined Northrop Corporation and became the Manager of Business Operations/Support Systems for the B-2 program and then continued with the Anaheim Division until his retirement in 1993.

Bob is survived by his brother James Laughlin Short, nieces, nephews, and a cousin, and many loving friends.

Services will be held on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 11:00 AM at Santiago de Compostela Catholic Church in Lake Forest, CA. A reception will be held in the church hall following the service.

Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.

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2 responses to Robert Elliott Short

  1. Nobody could ask for a better friend than Bob and Marlene. He and Marv met in the BOQ while waiting for housing for their families and became good friends with one another and Jack Daniels as well. Without children of their own, they became so loved by so many from small babies to young adults. Bob knew how to have a good time but was the consummate gentleman to the end. As long as our family gathers, the Shorts will always be an important part of our conversations and memories. Rubadubdub, Bob.

  2. I have so many fond memories of time spent with Bob and Marlene. Their kind and loving hearts will never be forgotten. I know their memory will live on in the many cherished friendships they maintained over their lifetime and they will be missed greatly. Hugs and kisses to you both. I hope you are having a wonderful dance together now that you are both at peace.

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