[ASA] Bob Shobbrook

John O'Byrne john.obyrne at sydney.edu.au
Sat May 24 10:11:08 AEST 2014

I’m sad to announce that Bob Shobbrook, the inaugural Treasurer of the ASA, passed away on Friday morning.  Bob was a well known former member of staff from the Chatterton Astronomy Department at the University of Sydney (now part of the Sydney Institute for Astronomy - SIfA).  

Bob became interested in astronomy in high school in England, making his own seven-inch telescope.  He did a BSc in Astronomy at St Andrew’s University before coming to Mount Stromlo in 1960 for a PhD.  Bob was one of Stromlo’s first astronomy graduates, receiving his PhD in 1964 and joined the University of Sydney in 1966.  In his later professional life, even after he formally retired from the university, he was a regular observer on the smaller telescopes at Siding Spring Observatory, doing photometry of variable stars.  Bob is survived by his wife Robyn, herself very well know in the astronomy community as the AAO librarian for 20 years.

The following Notice appeared in the Canberra Times today:

ROBERT REGINALD SHOBBROOK (BOB) - 29 January 1937 - 23 May 2014 
Much loved husband of Robyn. Loving father to Susan and Dave, Michael and Kristen, Fiona and Owen, Melissa and Richard.Proud grandad to 14 grandchildren. Loving brother of Jennifer and Valerie. 
A service for Bob is to be held in the Chapel at Gold Creek, O'Hanlon Street, Nicholls on Sunday 1 June 2014 at 12.00 noon. Private cremation will follow. 
No flowers by request, in lieu a donation may be made to theProstate Cancer Foundation of Australia.

[photo attached of Robyn and Bob Shobbrook]



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