Robert A. Brewer Robert Anthony Brewer passed away peacefully on Nov. 24, 2012 in Sonoma, CA, surrounded by loved ones.
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During WWII Bob served as a P47 pilot in Europe, flying 45 missions before being shot down and captured in Germany, where he was a POW for several months. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
He attended UC Berkeley to become a Civil Engineer, and lived at the International House residence during its "Golden Age" period, forging many dear life-long friendships, and meeting his future wife, Nancy Nowell.
Bob and Nancy lived in Oakland for more than 50 years, where they raised their family, and where Bob also pursued his passions and interests in nature, hiking, sailing on the "Vixen," traveling, music, foreign films, Berkeley Repertory Theater, California Revels, environmental and social causes, and all cultural arts and international events.
Bob could sing a song in practically any language for any occasion, and often sang a deep bass harmony. He sang with various singing Bay Area singing groups. He took up tennis at 70, and took writing classes into his 80's. He was also an inventor and held several patents on his designs.
Most of all, Bob deeply loved his wife of 61 years, Nancy, and his family, including 4 daughters (Anne, Katie, Carol and Amy) and their husbands, 6 grand-children, and 4 great-grand children. Bob's loving kindness to all will be greatly missed. Donations may be made to International House in Berkeley.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Dec. 9, 2012