Robert J. Serling was born in Cortland, NY March 28, 1918 to Samuel and Esther Serling. He grew up in Binghamton along with his younger brother. He attended Antioch College in Ohio with a degree in English and thus began an amazing and illustrious career in journalism and aviation writing. He first served our country in WWII as an aircraft identification instructor. He then moved to Washington, D.C. and worked with United Press International for 23 years covering airline crashes and his favorite football team the Washington Redskins. While working there, he began his first novel "The Probable Cause." Robert published 25 fiction and non-fiction books in his lifetime including the New York Times bestseller "The President's Plane is Missing." This best selling novel was turned into a made for TV movie. His last book was the history of Alaska Airlines "Character and Characters" published in 2008. He married Priscilla Arone in 1968. They had two children, Jennifer and Jeffrey. The family moved to Tucson in 1981. After Priscilla's passing in 2000, he married Patricia Hoyer in 2002. Other highlights of his career include co-writing the Twilight Zone episode "Odyssey of Flight 33" with his brother, Rod. He also wrote two screen plays with John Travolta and an autobiography with astronaut Frank Borman. In 1976 he, as official time keeper, along with Arnold Palmer as pilot and two employees of LearJet, broke the world record for a private jet flying around the world. Robert, 92, passed on May 6, 2010, with his wife and children by his side. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Hoyer; children, Jennifer Serling and Jeffrey (Michele) Serling and four grandsons, Caleb Serling, Robert Jeffrey Serling, Elliot Berard and Andrew Serling. A Memorial Service will be held at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2450 E. Fort Lowell Road, Monday, May 17, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. A reception is to be held following the service in the Fellowship Hall. The family requests that remembrances be made in Robert Serling's name to the Seattle Museum of Flight, 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, WA 98108. www.museumofflight.org
. For detailed information about Robert's life, please visit www.robertserling.com
. Arrangements by EVERGREEN MORTUARY & CEMETERY.
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Published by Arizona Daily Star from May 9 to May 15, 2010.