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Community - August 24, 2011

Obituary

Robert Allan Beuttler

Robert Allan Beuttler, a resident of Menlo Park, died Aug. 6 at the age of 90.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Diana, his son Jeremy Beuttler of El Dorado Hills, California; and his daughter Cynthia Ishler of Park River, North Dakota.

Born in San Francisco in 1920, he grew up there and in Palo Alto. He attended Palo Alto High School, San Jose State College, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 1942 with a bachelor's degree in political science and a "newly discovered love of statistics," his family said.

Shortly after graduation, he was hired by U.S. Steel Corp., where he rose to a management position in the sales department in late 1948. Unfortunately, after a few months in this position, the company made "organizational changes" and he found himself having to take a forced vacation, the family said.

He decided to see the world, and boarded a tramp steamer headed for Buenos Aires, Argentina, via the Panama Canal. He wound up in Cruz Chica, Argentina, a small town on the western edge of the Pampas, working as a soda jerk in an ice cream parlor while he courted the woman who would become his wife. He met her while staying at a hotel owned by her parents.

After they married, Bob and Diana traveled to England, where he landed a job working at the headquarters of the Third U.S. Air Force in South Ruislip, Middlesex.

In 1954, in the process of returning to the Bay Area, they traveled across the U.S. by train. After working several jobs on the Peninsula, he ended up at Stanford Research Institute, now SRI International, where he worked as a compensation administrator for 30 years and 30 days until he retired in 1990.

He led the company to use then newly introduced computers in the area of compensation analysis, the family said.

After he retired, he enjoyed taking walks around his Felton Gables neighborhood and chatting with his neighbors, as well as traveling around the U.S., England and Argentina with his wife.

He also bowled regularly at the Palo Alto Lanes until after his 90th birthday when his declining health finally forced him to stop.

Memorial donations may be made to Pathways Hospice Foundation, 585 N. Mary Ave., Sunnyvale, CA, 94085.

Obituaries are based on information provided by families and mortuaries.

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