Bob Howard, well known MRI engineer, died on Monday, Jan. 23 in Chino Hills, Calif.
He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
I first met Bob at 6:45 a.m. at a job site near Philadelphia. He had worked all night cooling a magnet and was still raring to go.
Bob started working for Picker in the MRI department and also worked for Toshiba.
He was born in Florida, where his mother still lives. He also spent time in Dallas. For the last few years, he was working with James Fower
at Calscan Medical and Mazin Faour
with Variware in Southern California.
Bob was a veteran of the United States Navy. He worked long hours and loved to diagnose problems.
James Fower told me that he was an avid sports fan and loved to watch basketball and football.
, the CEO at Altima Diagnostic Imaging Solutions, and also Bob's friend, told me Bob called him once a month. Larry told me that Bob had a big heart and was always ready to help you whenever you needed it.
Bob had serious back pain. On some days, it really took its toll, but it never stopped him from driving 30 hours on a service call. He hated to fly and he actually preferred working all night rather than getting up early.
Larry Knight also told me Bob was a huge Starbucks fan and that if you needed to meet Bob, Bob would set the meeting at the nearest Starbucks. According to Larry, Bob could always tell you where the nearest Starbucks was no matter where you were.
If Bob was working on a technical problem, he stayed at it, stubbornly, until he solved the problem. I can vouch for this after seeing him work all night.
One of the funnier stories I heard was the time that Bob saw someone at a Halloween party and assumed she was pretending to be pregnant. When he complimented this lady on the quality of her costume, she was not pleased and it turned out it was because she was slightly overweight.
I can still remember him telling the story.
Bob will be missed.
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Phil is a member of AHRA, HFMA, AAMI and the Cryogenic Society of America. He has contributed to a number of magazines and journals and has addressed trade groups.
Phil's proudest achievement is that he has been happily married to his wife Barbara since 1989, who helped him found DOTmed in 1998.