We recently learned with deep sadness of the death of former Proceedings editor Commander Robert P. Brewer. He passed away in late February in his native North Carolina. He was 91.
My first memory of Bob Brewer dates buck to when he interviewed me for a job as Departments editor of the magazine. He endeared himself to me. a novice editor out of St. Louis, by personally picking me up at the bus station in Annapolis. As I soon learned, he was a genial individual, a dedicated family man. and someone who fit the stereotype of southern courtliness. It was a persona that I had a hard time reconciling with his background as a fighter pilot. It was a reminder that each of us has a life filled with many compartments.
When I met him, he was USNI's executive director, responsible for overseeing Proceedings and the Naval Institute Press, our book-publishing arm. His background well qualified him. Before entering the Navy in 1942 he earned a journalism degree at the University of North Carolina. During World War II he was a flight instructor and later a member of an F4U Corsair squadron.