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EMBRY, Robert "Bob" James 86, of Brockton, died peacefully September 28, 2012 at the VA Medical Center in Brockton after a long illness, with his wife Linda at his side. Born in Emporia, Kansas on July 17, 1926, Bob was the son of the late James Atlas and Mary (Smith) Embry. He joined the Navy in 1944, and during World War II served at the Espiritu Santos Base in the New Hebrides, on a Harbor Patrol Boat Unit, and on the U.S.S. Bollinger. After World War II, Bob attended Kansas Teacher's State College, and received a B.S. in Business Administration in 1950. Bob rejoined the Navy in 1952. He served in a variety of locations, including Norfolk, Virginia, London, and on the U.S.S. Lake Champlain. From 1965 to August 1967, Bob was on General Westmoreland's staff as Administrative Chief, Protocol Branch, Office of the Secretary, Joint Staff, United States Military Assistance Command, Saigon Republic of Vietnam. From 1961 to 1965 Bob was Administrative Chief, NROTC at MIT, and from 1967 to 1969 Bob held the same position at Tufts University. After 20 years of Navy service Bob retired a Yeoman Chief Petty Officer in 1969, having earned many medals over his decades of service to our country, including a WW II Victory Medal, several medals from Vietnam, and a Joint Service Commendation Medal. After retiring from the Navy, Bob went on to become the Director of Emergency Services at Boston Children's Hospital. From October 1974 to May 1975 Bob was employed by the Whittaker Corporation as Assistant to the Executive Director of the King Abdul Aziz Hospital, equipping and staffing the new facility in Saudi Arabia. In 1975, Bob returned to Boston Children's Hospital as Patient Accounting Credit and Collections Manager, where he worked until his retirement in 1982. Bob then consulted for several years at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, working with the Chief Financial Officer. Bob was a life-time member of the VFW and American Legion in Emporia, Kansas, as well as a member of the VFW in Stoughton, MA. Bob leaves behind his wife, 5 children, 7 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a sister. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend memorial visitation on Monday, October 15, 2012 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Kane Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 605 Washington Street (Rte.138) EASTON, followed by a graveside service with military honors in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne at 2:15 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Hospice Palliative Care Fund in Bob's memory may be sent to the VA Medical Center, Att: Frank Collins, Hospice Palliative Care Unit, 940 Belmont St. (42C), Brockton, MA 02301. For directions or condolences visit www.kanefuneralhome.com

Published in The Boston Globe on Oct. 12, 2012
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