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Our brilliant Renaissance man, Robert Edwin Sharples, died after a long illness on Sunday, November 22, 2020. Born on February 4, 1937 in Ridgewood Queens New York, he was eighty-three years old. He moved to California in 1961 and became a resident of Manhattan Beach in 1971.

Bob had a long career in aerospace as an engineering and proposal manager. He managed numerous large proposals for Northrop Grumman/TRW, including James Webb, National Polar-Orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS), and Jupiter Icy-moons Orbiter (JIMO). The sum of the winning bids of proposals he managed is nearly nine billion dollars.

He also worked on the development of the US Air Force's Minuteman III MIRV ballistic missile weapon system, as the Manager of Systems Engineering and Test for the Minuteman Program Office in charge of the testing of the weapon system.

Other management work included the development of real-time software for the Hard-site Defense system, a US Army development of an operational anti-ballistic missile system. This assignment included almost two years residence at the Kwajalein atoll engaged in live testing of the radar and software product against live Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base in CA; Systems Engineering & Integration Manager for the NASA AXAF (Chandra) x-ray telescope spacecraft, and Program Manager for the ROCSAT satellite program for the Republic of China on Taiwan, requiring him to visit Taiwan fifteen times.

Bob graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School, The Cooper Union, New York, with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering; University of California, Berkeley, with a M.A. in Mathematics, and University of California, Los Angeles, Executive Management Training program.

Bob is survived by his wife of over fifty years, Madeline, his son, Ben, his daughter-in-law, Marissa, his sister, Frances, his sister and brother-in-law, Sheila and Tom, sister-in law, Barbara, numerous nephews and nieces, and many friends. He was predeceased by his sons, Paul and Eric, his brother Richard, his brother-in-law, Ken, and his parents, Ingrid and Frank Sharples.

Bob will always be remembered for his inquiring mind, his ability to speak on most any subject, his love of poetry and the arts, his warmth and charisma, his outgoing and fun personality, and his truly loving spirit.

To make a donation in Bob's memory please go to:
Congregation Tikvat Jacob Beth Torah:
The Cooper Union:
Or Crossroads School: designated to go to the Paul Sharples Endowment Fund in support of the jazz program.

To Plant Memorial Trees in memory, please visit our Sympathy Store.
Published in The Beach Reporter on Dec. 17, 2020.
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