Bob was born at Long Beach Hospital near the little community of Seaside. He was the only child of Wallace Edward Grebe and Margaret Thurston Grebe. He was especially proud of his parents. He adored his beautiful mother, who loved playing the pipe organ and admired his father, who worked his way through Stanford during the Great Depression to become a civil engineer. After graduating from Frederick Maryland High School in 1954, Bob joined the Navy and was stationed in Guantanamo Bay Cuba. Because he could not pass the eye test to become a pilot, Bob left the navy and began his journey in academia. It was at the start of this journey that he met his wife, Susan Anger, at Pasadena City College. Bob earned his degree in meteorology at the University of Utah and went to work for the National Weather Service in Los Angeles.
After several years of forecasting "late night and early morning low clouds burning off around noon giving way to hazy sunshine," he felt it was time to stretch himself professionally. He packed up his family, by this time he and Susan had three children, and headed for Kansas City and the Severe Storms "Cells" Unit. He took great satisfaction in forecasting such significant weather! After leaving "Cells" he moved across town and worked for the National Weather Service Training Headquarters as Meteorologist in charge of radar training. While he never chased tornados, his next career move found him chasing hurricanes. He would leave their Prairie Village Kansas home and head for the gulf coast to pursue and study category 4 and 5 hurricanes. He used this data to publish several papers in conjunction with the Hurricane Center in Miami and was the first to document the double eye of a hurricane.
The family returned to Southern California in 1982 and settled in Manhattan Beach where Bob resumed forecasting for the LA Weather Service, and began his years of teaching at the university level. He first began teaching for UCLA. Bob loved his students and his students loved him. He retired from the weather service in 1996, and continued his teaching for many more years at LMU.
Those privileged enough to know him loved his warm charm and quick wit. He was smart, funny and caring, and after spending time with him, one always came away happier. One never knew where his creative mind was going to venture next.
Bob is survived by his loving family, wife Susan, daughters Amy Sommer and Wendy Clancy and son Marc (Ashley) and five grandchildren, Heather Clancy, Audrey & Sean Sommer and Callum & Emerson Grebe.
Service will be private
Published in The Beach Reporter on Jun. 26, 2019.