With his wife of 62 years by his side, Robert Tanner quietly passed away
on November 2, 2002 in Naples, Florida. Left to mourn are his beloved
wife, Joan; his sons and daughter Chris, Rosemary (Raymond Langston),
Peter (Susan), and David (Natalie); and his grandchildren Emily Wanechko
and Laura, Heather, and Michael Tanner.
Following service in the Royal
Signals during WWII, Robert emigrated to Canada with his young family in
1947. He joined Northern Electric in Belleville, Ontario. He moved to
Ottawa in 1960 where he helped found Northern Electric's research and
development division, Bell Northern Research. An acomplished accoustical
engineer, with the acoustic design of many churches and theatres to his
credit, Robert was especially proud of his work on the Festival Theatre
in Stratford, Ontario; the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres in Toronto,
and the Naples Philharmonic Hall.
He was active for many years in the
IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers), serving as
President in 1972. The IEEE awarded him the McNaughton Gold Medal, the
Haraden Pratt Award for Service, and the United States Activities Award
for Engineering Professionalism. In 1989, Concordia University in
Montreal bestowed on him an Honorary LL.D. for his services to
engineering. Robert and Joan moved to Naples, Florida in 1975.
Private arrangements have been made. Donations in Robert's name to The Hospice
of Naples, 1095 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, Florida 34105 would be
greatly appreciated. Condolences may be sent to Joan at 1001 Arbor Lake
Drive, Naples, Florida, 34110.