The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 4, 2013

Robert W. Fairburn


Star Beacon

PHOENIX, Ariz. — Robert W. Fairburn. They always called him The Renaissance Man...passed away in his home Friday, Feb. 22, 2013, while surrounded by his family and friends.

Robert joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. Trained at Luke Air Force Base to become a fighter pilot, but was sent to MacDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Fla. to fly a new hot bomber - the Martin B-26 Marauder.

Attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, N.W. graduating with top honors in Architectural Engineering and Physics. He was elected a full member of Sigma XI, a scientific honorary society, and later attended Cranbrook Academy of Arts receiving Masters in City Planning. In 1951, Bob became a partner in the architectural firm of Flatow, Moore, Bryan and Fairburn in Albuquerque, N.M. In 1962, he moved to Phoenix and started Fairburn Organization.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Barbara and poodle, “Dot Com”; sons, Kurt and Paco; 9 grandchildren, Mary, Jessica, Michael, Joshua, Alexia, Lara, Mack, Sadie and Drew; and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his son, Marc in June 2012; sisters, Isabel and Florence; and a brother, Harry.

A Tribute of Bob’s Life will be held 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 5th, at WHITNEY & MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Ariz. 85018.

In Colorado Springs, Colo., 1 p.m., Thursday, March 7th, at THE SPRINGS FUNERAL SERVICES, 3115 E. Platte Ave., with a Military Graveside Service at Evergreen Cemetery, 1005 S. Hancock Ave.

If you wish in lieu of flowers, please send your donation to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 E. Flower St., Phoenix, Ariz. 85014.

Obituary and condolences at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com and starbeacon.com.