Robert W “Bob” Beckwith

Robert W “Bob” Beckwith

Birth
Ohio, USA
Death 25 Oct 2009 (aged 90)
Pinellas County, Florida, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 43794348 · View Source
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Robert W. Beckwith passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 25, 2009. Bob was an honored scientist, inventor, researcher and consultant, with over 50 years as a world leader in the electric power industry and founder of Beckwith Electric Co., Inc., in Largo, Florida.
Bob is survived by his wife, Evelyn Bortner-Beckwith; two children: Tom Beckwith and Barbara Anderson; three grandchildren: Joshua, Sean, and Tiffany Beckwith; two step-grandchildren: Tommy Sanchez and Gerlid Quinones; two stepchildren: Marty Orosz and Robert Bortner; and two step-grandchildren: Alex and Aaron Orosz.

July 25, 1919 - October 25, 2009
Born in Kent Ohio, Bob received his BSEE from Western Reserve University and an MSEE from Syracuse University. He also held professional engineering licenses in New Jersey, New York and Florida, as well as a Life Fellow membership with the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers).
Bob was a very curious and driven man, who often thought "out of the box", and had many and varied intellectual and humanitarian interests. He was a Master Mason-3rd Degree, an amateur radio (HAM) operator, an avid artist and art collector. Bob was a philanthropist with numerous contributions to charities, public broadcast stations and the Hopi Indians.
Bob worked for General Electric Power Line Carrier Section in Schenectady, NY. From 1955 to 1961, he was Manager of Computers and Communications at General Electric Company Electronics Research Laboratory in Syracuse, New York. From 1961 to 1967, he was Manager of Utility Systems at Gulton Industries. In 1967, he founded Beckwith Electric Company in Largo, Florida. In 2000, Mr. Beckwith founded Beckwith Electric Research (BER), a division of Beckwith Electric Co. that conducted research at the forefront of present-day engineering and physics.
Along with his consulting work, his career achievements included working with US Defense projects during WWII, developing new high frequency transducers for SONAR applications. In addition, he helped develop transmission lines to supply power for the Manhattan Project. He was awarded over 30 patents on various aspects of the utility industry from 1949-2004.
Bob Beckwith is recognized today for his life-long dedication to the electric power community and his significant scientific contributions and influence on society in general. He will be truly missed by his business associates and family.
The celebration of Bob's life will begin with visitation on Sunday, November 1st, from 4:00-7:00 pm and funeral service on Monday, November 2nd, at 2:00 pm at Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park & Funeral Home, 2853 Sunset Point Road, Clearwater, FL 33759. www.sylvanabbey.com. An after services reception will be held in Bob's honor at Beckwith Electric Co., 6190 118th Avenue North, Largo, FL 33773.
In lieu of flowers, Bob's family asked that donations be made in Bob's name to: The Hopi Foundation www.hopifoundation.org or P.O. Box 301, Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039.
ectric Co., c/o Tiffany Beckwith, 6190 118th Avenue N., Largo, FL 33773.

In lieu of flowers, Bob's family requests donations be made in Bob's name to: The Hopi Foundation www.hopifoundation.org or P.O. Box 301, Kykotsmovi, AZ 86039.








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  • Created by: Iriss Hill
  • Added: 1 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43794348
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