Robert John Dennis

Robert John Dennis

August 11, 1927 - February 18, 2012

Robert John Dennis

August 11, 1927 - February 18, 2012


Robert John Dennis was born in Chicago, Illinois on August 11, 1927; was raised on the west side and attended 12 years of Catholic schools (Resurrection parish school 8 years, Quigley Preparatory Seminary 2 years, and St. Ignatius College Prep- 2 years) graduating in 1945. World War II was still in progress, so he joined the Navy on December 7, 1945.

The war ended while he was in boot camp at Great Lakes and he spent 2 years in the Navy, but never went to sea. His time was spent mostly in electronic training schools at Gulf Port, Mississippi, Great Lakes and the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC. After discharge from the Navy, he attended Illinois Institute of Technology and majored in Electrical Engineering; building on the training he had received in the Navy, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree (BSEE).

Robert married Patricia Cella in 1950 and they had 5 children (Mark, George, Linda, Suzanne and Michele). They moved to California in 1962 when the company that he worked for (Cook Technological Center) asked him to setup a West Coast engineering and test facility. Highlights of his technical career include the following:

“¢ Research technician at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois where he worked with a team of scientists building one of the first electronic computers (Argonne Version of the Institute of Design Arithmetic Computer AVIDAC).

“¢ Project Engineer for Reliability and Test of the Minuteman II and III Guidance Systems for Systems Technology Labs (STL) and TRW Systems.

“¢ Assistant Program Manager for Contractor Systems Effectiveness of the FltSatCom satellite for TRW Systems.

“¢ Senior Project Engineer in the Communications Directorate and Engineering Business Manager for the Central Dispatch Systems Division which designed and developed a process control computer for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO) in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.

“¢ Hughes Aircraft Company Project Manager, Operations Analysis Manager and Quality Manager for the Peace Shield Program in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ($10 billion dollar Saudi Air Defense System).

Robert retired from Hughes Aircraft in 1997 and had been enjoying his grandchildren and leisure activities that include woodworking, photography and the U.S. Coast guard Auxiliary.

~ Robert’s autobiography

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12 responses to Robert John Dennis

  1. Karan Dennis says:

    Dearest Bob,
    Love Never Dies
    Remembering all the good times since you came into our lives 36 years ago! We miss you so much and will love you forever!
    Karan, Brian and Lori

  2. Kathy Dennis says:

    We will miss Dad, Grandad very much. He came into our lives almost 14 years ago and we were honored to have him in our lives! We know he is enjoying his time with Jesus and the angels in heaven!! Love you, Kathy, Nathan and Amy

  3. Michele Hunt says:

    Dad <3
    All we shared with you these last 13 years has been a blessing to us all! Thank you for being there always when we needed you <3 Thank you Jesus for the gift of Dad, and Grandad, you are missed and will always be in our hearts. The house is so quiet without you here )-: We love you, Rob, Chele, Chelsea, Kyle, Nick, Sandy and Maci <3

  4. Michele Hunt says:

    Please join us after the services for a lunch reception for Dad, at Fountain Glen Community Center 25501 Camino Los Padres, Laguna Niguel
    I don’t think this was mentioned in the events and details (-:

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