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Robert Nelson Brenne ’53

Robert Nelson Brenne ’53, December 22, 2004, in Salem, Oregon. Bob graduated from Reed with a BA in physics, and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, programming analog computers used for missile guidance systems. In 1959 he married Natalie McLeod; they lived in Philomath, Oregon, and raised a family of four. For 30 years, Bob worked as lead computer programmer on a series of main frames at Oregon State University. He also worked as an instructor at the university and was instrumental in the development of early IC testers at Tektronix. His recreational interests included bowling, playing bridge, and stamp collecting. Bob's wife died in 1993, and in 2004 he moved to Salem. There he developed a close relationship with his friend Janet Taylor. Survivors include his daughter, three sons, and a brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: May 2005

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