Robert C. Kirkwood
June 17, 1939 - December 10, 2017
Bob Kirkwood passed peacefully on December 10th in Palo Alto with his wife Edie and sons at his side. Bob was born in 1939 in San Francisco. He was a graduate of Pomona College and Harvard Law School. In 1966, he married Bonnie Brooks and together they raised three sons. After two years in Japan working for a law firm, he returned to San Francisco where he practiced law at Brobeck, Phleger and Harrison.
Bob worked at Hewlett Packard for 25 years, retiring as Director of Government and Education Affairs. Working with David Packard, Bob designed and initiated the creation of the Santa Clara Manufacturing Group, a collaboration of industry and local governments that has evolved into the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. It was at this time that Bob met his wife Edie Dorosin.
Bob was a generous and mentoring husband, brother, father/step father and grandfather. He was a passionate and insightful board contributor to many civic and environmental organizations including SPUR, POST, Trust for Public Lands, Sempervirens, and the Northern Sierra Partnership. In the 1990's Bob was on the board of the Coastal Conservancy and in 2005 he was the Governor's appointee to the newly created Sierra Nevada Conservancy. To each group he gave time, energy and his many ideas.
Bob's other major interest was early childhood development and parental behavior. He pursued funding both environmental and childhood development issues working through his family foundation. A member of the Bohemian Grove, Bob enjoyed the camaraderie of his camp mates.
Bob is survived by his wife Edie; his sister Jeanie (Mike) and brother John; his sons Carter (Jessica), Brooks (Stephanie) and Corey Kirkwood; his stepchildren Dan (Fern), Abbie (Dan), and Alicia Dorosin; and by his super wonderful grandchildren Robby, Emily, Chloe, Kailey, Malaika, Jackson and Clara Kirkwood, Skylar and Miles Dorosin and Davis and Elana Rich. For his grandchildren, Bob was a model of a steward of the land and an instigator of many adventures.
Our blended families thank you for your remembrances of Bob, his thoughtfulness and generosity.
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Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Jan. 4 to Jan. 7, 2018.