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A resident of Herndon, Virginia died on November 28, 2012 of lung cancer. He was 59 years old.
Robert was born in Evanstown, IL on April 10, 1953, the eldest son of Nathaniel Sisson Eek and Patricia Fulton Eek. He graduated from the University High School of the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma in 1941 as a National Merit Scholar. He received his BA degree in History from Northwestern University; his MS degree in Computer Science from Fairleigh Dickenson University; and his PhD degree in Information Technology from George Mason University. He was a member of Phi Mu Alpha, the professional music fraternity.
From 1975 to 1985 he served here and abroad in the U.S. Navy Reserve achieving the rank of Lieutenant. He met his French wife Elisabeth Granier in Naples, Italy while serving as a staff officer for the Navy's 6th Fleet in the Mediterranean Sea, and they were married in Toulon, France in 1980. Upon receiving his Honorable Discharge from the Navy he accepted a position with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in 1985. He was their Principal Software Systems Engineer, became an Assistant Vice-President, and served them for 27 years until his death.
He is survived by Elisabeth, his wife of 33 years; his son Guillaume and daughter Eleanore; his father Nathaniel S. Eek; his brother and sister-in-law Konrad and Darra Eek; and his brother Erik Eek.
He was a member of St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 432 Van Buren St.; Herndon, VA. His burial services will be held at St. Timothy's on Wednesday, December 5 at 2 p.m., the Rev. Leslie Chadwick officiating.
Donations and memorials may be made to The Arc of Northern Virginia, the , St. Timothy's, or any appropriate charity of the donor's.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2012
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