Robert Martin Cummins|
July 22nd, 1920 - January 22nd, 1992
Resident of Orinda, CA
Remembering our father on this day of his passing 22 years ago. He was loved by all that knew him, a compassionate, kind, & loving man, who lived his life by, the code of honor, integrity, & loyalty. His wife, Mary A. (Calvarese) Cummins, is still with us at 85 years young. As are his 4 sons who were raised in Orinda,CA., Gregory Scott Cummins, Douglas Alan Cummins (and his wife Lori & children Christie & Chase), David Martin Cummins (and his daughter Sarah), & Michael Andrew Cummins (and his daughter Taylor). He came to the East Bay Area in 1957 as Vice President of Booth Leasing Corp. Later becoming Vice President and Council of Home Mutual Savings & Loan and Berkeley Savings & Loan and their chain of branches. He then became President/General Manager & Owner of the Moraga Valley Terrace Club country club development project in Moraga, CA. in 1960. Construction was halted after he was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer at the age of 41 yrs. old in 1961. He survived, but was extremely disabled for the rest of his life until cancer finally took him in 1992. Robert graduated 2nd in his class at the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.A. in Engineering in 1944 and served as a lieutenant commander on the destroyer "Shield" through the end of WWII from 1944-47. He later served as Executive Officer on the destroyer "English" (1951-52) in the Korean War. He received his law degree at the University of Kansas school of law in 1949 after WWII. He then became legal counsel for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in '52. In '53-'55 he worked closely with Howard Hughes and TWA as primary legal counsel & was the Chief Negotiator representing 9 different airlines in all Port of New York negotiations for their new international airport at Idlewild which is now the Kennedy Airport. He moved to San Diego, CA in 1955 after his marriage to our mother and served as Manager of Commercial Contracts for the San Diego Division of Convair for two years before moving to Northern California. Our father achieved a great deal before illness dealt him a long setback, but he survived to see his children grow and was able to see 2 of his 4 grandchildren. He was a great man, a wonderful and loving father and family man, and we still miss and love him. You're still in our hearts dad. Mom says hello. And you should see your incredible grandchildren now! (I know you already check in on us from time to time) Someday I hope we'll all be together again.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Jan. 22, 2014