Robert “Bob” C. Brogan
Jul 20, 1929 – Jun 12, 2014
Commander Robert “Bob” C. Brogan, U.S. Navy (Ret.) passed away on June 12, 2014 in Bend, OR; he was a devoted husband, father and career U. S. Naval Aviator. Bob was born in Ventura, CA on July 20, 1929, and was raised in Ojai, CA where he graduated from Nordoff High School in 1947. That fall, he enrolled in the University of California, Berkeley where he majored in Political Science, participated in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program, and played football and rugby for UC Berkeley. He received his commission as an Ensign in the U. S. Navy in June 1951 and two weeks later found himself aboard the USS SHIELDS (DD 596) patrolling off the coast of Korea during the Korean War. Bob attended Flight School in Pensacola, FL, and soon after the Korean War received his aviation wings at NAS Corpus Christi, TX, spending the rest of his 22 year naval career as a Naval Aviator. Bob retired from the U.S. Navy on July 1, 1973 and on July 17, 1973 settled in Carson City, Nevada with his family. Bob became the Senior Naval Science Instructor at Carson High School where he started the Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program. He held that position until October, 1983. During his 37 years in Carson City, he was an extremely active member of the community, starting and organizing a Youth Wrestling league in 1975, initiating and sponsoring the American Youth Soccer Organization league in 1977, and serving as President of the Pop Warning Football League in 1976. He served a term on the Carson City Board of Supervisors from 1977-1981. Bob initiated the annual Carson City 4th of July parade and organized and directed the annual parade for several years beginning in the Nation’s Bi-Centennial Year 1976. In 1978 he became a member of the Navy League Reno Council and transferred to the Navy League Carson City Council in 1983 at its inception where he was President in 1988 & 1989. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Carson City Airport Authority, worked as a flight instructor, and enjoyed being an avid member of the Carson City Radio Control Model Airplane Club. Bob was preceded in death by his wife Diane, who passed away in 1985, and his son Marc (Sandy), who passed away in September 2009. He is survived by his sons Lloyd (Sally), Sean (Lani) and Erin (Melissa); daughter Kelle (Kim); 10 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. A memorial service celebrating Bob and Diane will be held at 11:00 AM Friday 8 August, 2014 at the Golden Gate National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Carson High School NJROTC Program. Donations can be sent to Carson High School NJROTC Program, PO Box 603, Carson City, NV 89702.