Robert W. Brandstetter, 83, of Southold, passed Oct. 3 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Born in Bronx, N.Y., Robert was a Korean War era U.S. Army veteran. He held degrees in Electrical Engineering and Physics from the RCA Institute and Hofstra University. A 30-year employee of Grumman Aerospace as a senior research scientist, he was awarded multiple U.S. patents and was the author of numerous technical papers in the area of optical signal processing. Named Grumman’s Inventor of the Year in 1989 and again in 1991, Robert contributed to the successful first flight of the A-6A Intruder, F-14A Tomcat and the Lunar Landing Module.
In retirement, Bob returned to his passion for music. He sang with the St. Peter’s Church Choir and local group Jazz Alive. He would also play his keyboard and harmonica with friends at many functions. Bob could also be seen dressed as Santa during the holidays, all you had to do was ask.
Bob is survived by his wife of 58 years Lois; his daughter, Lisa Kunze and husband, Charles; son John and wife Pamela; son Matthew and wife Laura; grandchildren, Bryan, Christine, Alexa, Kayleigh and Ashlynn. His love of life and family will be dearly missed.
The family will receive visitors Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at DeFriest-Grattan in Southold. Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. at St Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport. Interment will follow at Calverton National Cemetery
The family asks you make a donation to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research or your favorite local charity in his name.