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QUITTNER, ROBERT MERRITT Oct. 8, 1929 to Nov. 16, 2012 Warm, smart and well-known for his offbeat sense of humor, Robert Merritt Quittner passed away on November 16, 2012 after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in New York City, Bob's family moved to Sierra Madre, California in 1931. Bob served as a photographer's mate in the U.S. Navy where he began his career in writing, photography and teaching. He worked at Mare Island Naval Station as a shipyard photographer, attended Vallejo Junior College, UC Santa Barbara where he earned a BA in Sociology, and UCLA where he earned his MA in Theater Arts. His writing and photography career included newspapers, magazines, documentary films and taking photographs that grabbed the eye and the heart. Bob worked for the Navy as a civilian photojournalist and filmmaker and for General Dynamics' cinematography department. He taught photography in various venues. Active in the Navy Reserve, Bob retired from the USN-R in 1989 as a chief warrant officer (CWO 4). During his retirement he volunteered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of East County, where he was Volunteer of the Year four times. Bob loved many things - gadgets, ice cream, off-track betting, talking with people from all walks of life, travel with his wife, and hanging out with his adult children. Bob is survived by his wife of 50 years, Dana; son Robert J. Quittner, of San Diego, a paramedic with Rural Metro; Suzanne Beal of Seattle, a writer with EMP Museum; Jon Quittner of Seattle, a musician, writer and law school student; grandson Hugo Beal; sister Phyllis Hochfeld of Seattle and numerous family members, nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his brother Richard of Santa Barbara. Bob led a full life and will not be far from the hearts of all who love him. A Celebration of Life will be held at the family home on Sunday, January 20, 2013, 2 to 4 p.m.

Published in U-T San Diego on Dec. 30, 2012
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