Robert "Bob" Edward Bannick

Robert "Bob" Edward Bannick (BS Elec Egr '57), 83, of La Habra, Calif., died August 6, 2012. He was born in Flint, Mich., on February 2, 1929, the eldest son of Edward and Sophie Bannick. After graduating from Flint Northern High School in 1946, he was drafted into the Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean Conflict. Upon returning from military duty, he took advantage of the GI Bill to attend MSU.

After graduation, Bannick moved to northern California, where he began his long career in electrical engineering. He was most proud of the work he did on the Mars Viking space probe. He enjoyed travel and weekend trips to Las Vegas. He was also an avid gardener, and an astute businessman and property owner.

Bannick was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Virginia Gail Bannick. He is
survived by his six children: Nicholas (Teresa) Bannick of Richmond, Texas; Elena (Ben) Ross of Reno, Nev.; Elizabeth (Dave) Sullivan of Tucker, Ga.; Karl Keil of Fullerton, Calif.; Sharon (Delton) Quillin of Ruckersville, Va.; and Rick (Kathy) Wardlaw of Charleston, Ind.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.