1938 - 2021
SOLOMON--Robert H. Former DOJ attorney and Navy officer Bob Solomon died on April 17, 2021 at his home in Sausalito, CA, of complications from progressive Multiple-System Atrophy (MSA), a rare neurodegenerative disease of the autonomic system. He was 82. Born October 4, 1938, in Boston, MA the son of Harvey Solomon and Lena (Asarkof) Solomon, Bob was a graduate of Boston Latin School '56. Bates College B.A. '60 and Columbia Law School J.D. '63. Bob began his career in the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. Based in Washington, DC he represented the government in courts throughout the United States. At the time, Robert Kennedy was attorney general and a big civil rights push was underway. Bob was temporarily assigned by the Justice Department to prosecute federal cases in Louisiana in the tumultuous early years of the Civil Rights Act. A voracious reader, avid sailor, world traveler and raconteur, Bob's stories of those days have all the intrigue of a Hollywood movie -- sneaking through the bayous with F.B.I. agents to interview witnesses who were afraid to be seen talking to the "feds." He joined Boston law firm Burns & Levinson in 1967, prior to his move to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1969, where he joined the Oakland law firm of Johnston, Klein and Horton. In 1998, Bob retired as a senior partner in McCutchen Doyle, Brown & Enersen (subsequently merged into Bingham McCutchen and, now, Morgan Lewis). A member of Massachusetts (1964) and California (1970) Bar Associations; Bob Solomon argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for several circuits and the Supreme Court of the U.S., admitted January 1967 on motion of Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall. Bob entered military service following graduation from Columbia. Throughout much of his distinguished career, Bob continued to serve in the U.S. Naval reserve in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, attending the U.S. Naval War College at Newport, Rhode Island in 1977. He retired in 1993 with the rank of Captain (CAPT, 06). In 2003 Bob received a heart transplant. His last milestone was the 18th anniversary "out" on April 4, 2021. Bob is survived by his wife of 30 years, Karen (Kovacik) Solomon; daughters, Margaret Solomon, MD (Chris Eisenberg) and Deborah Solomon, Ph.D. and their mother, Deene Goodlaw; granddaughters, Anna and Rachel Eisenberg; and his beloved sister, Barbara Fleischer (Edward). Bob and Karen were frequent visitors to Martha's Vineyard and enjoyed cruising destinations aboard Seabourn, developing lasting friendships the world over. Bob will be forever remembered by family and friends for his knowledge, judgment and unequaled intellect. Bob's final cruise was Sydney to Auckland, returning home in January 2020 just as travel came to a halt due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Bob's name may be made to the following institutions and will be gratefully accepted: Multiple-System Atrophy Coalition is a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to this rare neurological disorder; or Stanford University School of Medicine
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Published by New York Times on Apr. 25, 2021.
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We only met Karen and Bob 10 years ago, on a Seabourn cruise, and hit it off immediately.
With Bob's great sense of humour, general knowledge of the world, and positive outlook on life, it was a real privilege to know him, even though for a relatively short time.
All our thoughts are with Karen and his family.
Ann and Philip Goodwin
May 26, 2021
Robert was my second "dad". I loved his smile, wit and twinkle in his eye. I will keep in my heart all the very good moments spent together. You have been part of my life since adolescence when I met Margaret in France first (we were 15), early adulthood and older age by now... You will be in my heart forever. All my thoughts to Karen, Margaret and Deborah
Emmanuelle BICREL
May 3, 2021
He was a great patient, lovely man and it was a privilege to treat him. Deepest sympathies from his plastic surgeon and friend in Cape Town, South Africa.
Nick Kairinos
May 3, 2021
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
Quanita Brenner
May 3, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
May 2, 2021
I love reading all of these beautiful remembrances of my dad. I am so grateful for all the people who love him, and of course to Karen who took such good care of him always. He was always a proud and encouraging dad, and always interested in what Deborah and I were up to, and in the lives of his grandchildren. I so admired his amazing positivity in the face of many health challenges over the years. Missing him so much, still hard to believe I can't pick up the phone to call him.
Margaret Solomon
May 2, 2021
59 years ago Bob stood up for us at our wedding. It has been our great pleasure to know Robert through the years and enjoy his friendship, knowledge and wit. He was positive-thinking and brave throughout his life and no one could have taken better care of him than Karen. We send our condolences to Karen and the entire family.
Joel (Jimmy) and Robbie Wise
April 30, 2021
Rest in peace old friend. So many happy memories of you when we were young--Nantasket, NY when you were at Columbia, getting together with my cousin Irwin.
My deepest condolences to your family.
Jane Allen Goldman
April 28, 2021
Bob (or Bobby as he was always known to me) was the cousin on my father’s side who was closest to Priscilla and me. He visited with us when we lived in Rhode Island and he and Karen visited us when they were about to embark from Fort Lauderdale on one their many cruises. We treasure the last few words he spoke to us shortly before his passing.
Barry Solomon
April 26, 2021
Bob and Karen have been wonderful neighbors of mine since 1999. We share so many interests: reading, current events, history, spirited and intellectual discourse, telling stories of our lives and experiences, cruising aboard Seabourn, good food and drink, laughter, memory-making. Bob was a prominent attorney with an iconic San Francisco law firm, but I knew him as a funny, garrulous, interesting man who had many interests and much to give the world. He did it with a wry grin and a twinkle in his eye. I thought I was a raconteur but Bob Solomon was the best. Rest now, my friend. You’ve earned it.
Bob Major
April 25, 2021
Bob was a great man and it was a joy getting together with him and his wife, Karen from time to time. I live next door and especially enjoyed hearing Bob’s stories and experiences in his personal and professional life. Being from New England as well we had lots to talk about. May he Rest In Peace, he will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to Karen and his family.
Rick Tosh
April 25, 2021
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