August 16, 1932 – August 22, 2020
In loving Memory of Robert W Postma
Robert W Postma, age 88, of Westchester, CA passed away Saturday afternoon, August 22, 2020 at UCLA Medical Center, in Los Angeles, CA. Bob was born August 16th, 1932 in Chicago, Illinois to parents, John and Grace Postma. He earned his BS from Illinois Institute of Technology and MS from UCLA and worked extensively as a Mechanical Engineer in several prestigious firms including Rocketdyne and Aerospace Corporation. He was a talented and dedicated engineer, inventor, researcher, mentor, and a caring friend to many. A generous and kindhearted man, his gentle smile warmed people’s hearts. As a respected member of the Episcopal Church, Bob valued his faith and found satisfaction sharing it with fellow Episcopalians. He also enthusiastically embraced the outdoors through skiing, camping, hiking, backpacking, golfing and surfing, sharing many adventures with those close to him. His passion extended to classical music, old movies, and both new and classic cars. Bob’s dedication to country led him to active duty in the Army from 1954 to 1956, followed by his service in the reserves. He is survived by his loving partner and friend, Sharyl and her family; sister-in-law, Fran Postma; nieces, Cindy Postma and her family, Monica Legros and her family, and Joy Honda; cousins, Suzanne Magro, Giana Kraft; and beloved relatives, dear friends, cherished neighbors and esteemed colleagues. He is preceded in death by his brother, James, his special aunts, Agnes, Gene, Ann and his parents.
“An old road always looks richer and more beautiful than a new one because old roads have memories!”
Mehmet Murat ildan
Saturday, September 19, 2020
Ronald &Denise Schwartz
September 13, 2020
We are members of St. Michael&All Angels Episcopal Church in Studio City, CA. We enjoyed Sunday's when Bob came to
church services. He was a true gentleman and we always
welcomed a chance to visit with him at church.
Sr. Warden St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church
September 7, 2020
I met Bob Postma 21 years ago, when I first arrived at Aerospace Corporation. Immediately struck by his gentle and intellectual ways, he became a mentor to me as well as to many other colleagues. When teaching a complex concept, his patience impressed and inspired me to do the same for others. Following in his footsteps, I evolved into a mentor too and he enjoyed listening to me brag about my intern’s accomplishments. Bob proved consistently and enthusiastically supportive of those around him.
We became dear friends and he conveyed to me the importance of continuing to learn and stretch my wings, both inside and outside of work.
For instance, Bob felt it was essential that I learn golf. But I wanted to know how to play softball. So, Bob chose to teach me both. He explained how to swing a bat and golf club from a mechanical engineering perspective. Then we practiced batting in the Air Force gym and we went golfing to give these principles a try. Clearly, the mellow sports were reserved for us relatively younger crowd.
Danger was reserved for the older group. Bob would often dare the Over-The-Hill Club to various challenging outdoor exploits, such as grueling hikes or skiing down hazardous slopes to name a few. He also remained an avid surfer well into his 60’s. No stranger to adventure, Bob lived a very full life, indeed.
His legacy lives on through his willingness to teach others, his acts of kindness and his daredevil spirit. Bob’s radiant smile and serene nature will be sorely missed. Fly high, Bob, spread those wings!
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” — Winston Churchill