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“I am so happy we had our time together last fall. Bob was engaged with the world around him, seizing every precious moment. With deepest sympathy, ...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Marie Alanen - Long Beach, CA

“I had the great pleasure of working with Bob at Analog Devices for around 10 years and he and I had collaborated on numerous challenges. He was an...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Boris Lerner - Sharon, MA

“Uncle Bob will be greatly missed. We are so sorry for your loss. It was so nice to see him at Nancy and Ed's 50th anniversary party, enjoying...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Matt, Heather, Alex, Ben and Grace Rice - MI

“I worked with Bob at Analog Devices. He had this gigantic photo of a green forest on the back wall of his office. When he was retiring I got to know...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Peter Hrul - Norfolk, MA

“It is with profound sadness that I acknowledge Bob's passing. He was a good man and a pleasure to work with at Analog Devices. I will treasure my...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Larry Hurst - CT

“Bob was a great mentor and friend at Analog Devices. I respected him for his knowledge/experience, but even more so for his "style". I could always...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Joe Beauchemin - Hopkinton, MA

“Bob was the youngest of us four. He had a steep curve ahead of him with valdictorian sisters and a big brother 6 years ahead in school. He made it...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Gordon Kilgore - Stevensville, MI

“I had the honor of getting to know Bob through the Photo Club at Analog Devices, Inc. He was extremely talented and a great mentor to me. He will be...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: Heidi Michaud - MA


Bob Kilgore was a man of purpose. He arose each day knowing what he wanted to do, and he promptly attended to those tasks. An electrical engineer who was the son of an engineer and the brother of an engineer, he showed an aptitude for hands-on activity at an early age. His mother reported that his first words were "plug in." He was never afraid to take a machine apart and put it back together. Early in their marriage, his wife discovered that he dreamed about machines and talked about them in his sleep. In the late 1970s he built his first computer from a kit from Morrow's Microstuff, and modified his black-and-white television to serve as a monitor. When he had an idea for a new approach to a logic analyzer, he invested his own money to produce a prototype.
Bob was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1943 and grew up in Murrysville. He attended local public schools and also completed a one-year post high school course at Cushing Academy, Ashburnham, MA. He studied at Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University), where he earned B.S.E.E. and M.S.E.E. degrees in 1967 and 1973. His interest in imagery and photography were reflected in his senior thesis project, an automatic dodging developer for free-radical dry process film, and in his master's thesis, in which he developed a method for using parallel plane stereoradiography to produce three-dimensional radiographs. His early post-college employment included work at Picker X-Ray and Horizons Research in Cleveland, Ohio. In 1974 he moved to New Orleans to work for Kalvar Corporation, a company which produced a vesicular nonsilver film used primarily for microfiche storage. After a brief return to Picker X-Ray in 1976-77, he moved to Dennison Manufacturing in Framingham, where he worked on printers with a group headed by Richard Fotland, who had been his corporate senior thesis sponsor and former supervisor at Horizons Research. From 1980 to 1991 he was employed by Wang Laboratories, where he worked on high-speed printers. After several years of consulting work, primarily for G-Tech in Rhode Island, Mr. Kilgore was employed by Analog Devices in Norwood, MA, where he worked in design and support of applications of digital signal processors from 1995 until his retirement in 2010.
In parallel with his interest in electronic technology Bob was developing an interest in the creative aspects of photography, beginning with his first Brownie camera in middle school. By his college days Bob was practicing a variety of photographic skills. Much of his work in the 1960s and 1970s reflected his admiration for the work of Henri Cartier-Bresson. He often strolled quietly in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and New Orleans with his Leica, unobtrusively photographing people engaged in everyday activities. His interest in photography waned in the 1980s and 1990s but was revived in the twenty-first century and became especially intense with the development of digital photography. His focus turned more to landscapes, architecture, and small details of individual plants, flowers and architectural features. He was especially enamored of image manipulation to produce startling views of common household or industrial objects. In recent years he had begun to use the HDR technique of combining multiple exposures of the same subject at different focal lengths to bring entire images into fine focus. When he retired in 2010, photography became his major vocation. He was an active member of the Gateway Camera Club and traveled extensively within the continental United States on photography missions.
Bob was a restless and creative person who experimented with a variety of media and skills. In the 1970s he produced many leaded glass objects including lamps, mirrors, terrariums and other containers. He was very generous with his work and rarely sought compensation. If a friend admired an object he had made, or a photograph he had printed, he would often produce a duplicate object to present to the admirer.
In the 1990s he became interested in woodworking, and produced many fine pieces of furniture.
Bob was politically active in the late 60s in Cleveland. He met his wife, Nancy Klepper-Kilgore, when he was canvassing for Carl Stokes. They were married in 1971 and enjoyed many activities together, including bicycling, sailing, wind-surfing, and traveling. They have resided in Cleveland, New Orleans, Brighton, the Newburyport section of Plum Island, and Needham.
Mr. Kilgore is survived by his wife, Dr. Nancy Klepper-Kilgore, sisters Dr. Nancy Rice of Rochester Hills, MI and Dr. Susan Aoki of Sacramento, CA, brother Gordon Kilgore of Stevensville, MI, sisters-in-law Ellen Neumaier of East Aurora NY, Marian Kettering of Kettering OH, brothers-in-law Dr. John Klepper of Seattle, WA, David Klepper of Salina, OK, mother-in-law Anna Klepper of Kettering, OH, and 14 nieces and nephews and their offspring. . A Funeral Service will be held in the Eaton Funeral Home, 1351 Highland Ave Needham on Monday, February 18th at 12 Noon. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours on Sunday from 4-7 PM. Interment is Private. For those who wish to honor Bob via charitable contributions, the following choices are suggested. Most are organizations that maintain historic and/or environmentally significant properties that he enjoyed photographing. Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation 154 Moody Street, Waltham, MA 02453 www.crmi.org, Historic New England, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114-2702, HistoricNewEngland.org, Boston Camarata, 45 Ash Street, Auburndale, MA 02426 or Trustees of Reservations 572 Essex Street, Beverly, MA 01915-1530, www.thetrustees.org.