Bob O'Rourke (1939-2011)

I lost a good friend yesterday – a man I’ve had the pleasure of knowing for 25 years—longtime VP of Public Relations for Caltech, Bob O’Rourke.  Bob was not only a dedicated booster of Caltech; he was always working to connect people he knew when their interests intersected.  He was a matchmaker in every area but romance (as far as I knew).

I last visited Bob about two weeks ago and, even as his body was failing, his robust personality was fully there.  He was interested in connecting me with an acquaintance of his who was doing significant philanthropic work in our area.  His mind never stopped working.

Bob also dedicated his last years to furthering research into the treatment of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, the disease that eventually took his life.  He joined me on “AirTalk” just over a year ago to talk about how he was diagnosed with the illness and little is known about its causes.