Long-time Los Altos resident Robert R Claypool died from Covid-19 on December 30th at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Gatos. He was 93 years old.
Bob was born and grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was a good student who loved learning. The school principal let him come to school early and use her office to study. He rode his bicycle to the other side of Milwaukee to visit his aunt and uncle, who taught him his love for classical music.
He graduated early from high school in 1944, in order to join the Naval Air Corps. He learned to fly in an open cockpit, fabric-covered biplane, and thus began his lifelong love of flying. Though the war ended before he flew in combat, he always considered himself a Navy man.
Bob attended The University of Wisconsin and became a civil engineer. He used his engineering in many ways. He started his family as he designed and built custom homes in the Milwaukee area. Bob loved Porsches and became a founder and first president of the region’s Porsche Club of America.