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Robert Lee Zimmerman
Let the memory of Robert be with us forever

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Robert Zimmerman. We will remember him forever!

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by melissa jarrell on 24th July 2016

"Happy Birthday to a truly wonderful man who is dearly missed with each passing day!
~Melissa Jarrell"

This tribute was added by Hazel Zimmerman on 7th May 2016

"My beloved brother died two years ago, but my memories of him never fade.  His spirit is part of me and the life that we shared for 83 years.  Where he has gone, I will go."

This tribute was added by Adelaide De Almeida Z on 6th May 2016

"Always in my heart. Saudade Infinita!"

This tribute was added by melissa jarrell on 6th May 2016

"Another year has passed and the memories of Bob still make me smile. However, time has not healed the pain and tears in my heart. I am forever grateful for Bob, and his Dearest Adelaide."

This tribute was added by Jucara Freimark on 4th May 2016

"Just missing you Bob! I often  come to your site so I can see your pictures again  and remember the wonderful human being you always were and to send your love ones my prayers to heal their hearts as we all miss you tremendously."

This tribute was added by Marcia Stubblebine on 30th April 2016

"I miss Bob Zimmerman each and every day, my first husband when I studied Biology at UFSCAR from 1974 , 1975.1976 and 1977.
He was a visionary, a man of tremendous Inteligence and more than anyone else worked on my young mind to encourage a future career as a scientist.   After I left my country of origin we kept in touch through the decades and we would visit each other every 3, 4 years.
Bob made all of us younger students believe in our talent and potential.

He called me his Italiana!!! We would laugh about all those old times.
Forever grateful for such positive influence and specially grateful for such a marvelous wife, Adelaide.  
People should live longer and Bob promised me that he would live up to 100 years.  Seriously believed he would...so so sad he is gone."

This tribute was added by Adelaide De Almeida Z on 6th May 2015

"Haikus 4 Bob

You loved music and...
you ended like a tragic opera,
that I didn’t rehearse


Deep and bright blue eyes
open windows to the world,
now with closed curtains


Tell me where are you
I am looking all around
tears blur my vision"

This tribute was added by melissa jarrell on 6th May 2015

"May 6, 2015
It is hard to believe that it has been one year since we lost such a dear man. Bob's exuberant smile, and unmatched charisma will never fade from my mind in the least.
~Melissa"

This tribute was added by Adelaide De Almeida Z on 25th December 2014

"Those bright blue eyes

Those bright blue eyes…
so happy looking at me
transmitting love, peace,
energy and knowledge

Those bright blue eyes…
were young and alive
eager for new adventures
and make them materialize

Those bright blue eyes…
continuously registering images
translated as funny stories
for my heart advantages

Those bright blue eyes…
always dancing with nature
analyzing its behaviors
of unknown conjectures

Those bright blue eyes…
in which I dove so deep
to find a shining soul
too humble for someone to keep

Those bright blue eyes…
for not suppressing emotions
sometimes dropped tears
derived of their ocean

Those bright blue eyes…
vanished unexpectedly
leaving my dark ones
only with their memories"

This tribute was added by Yvonne Mascarenhas on 19th July 2014

"Dear Bob was an important friend for many participants of the Physics Institute of São Carlos. He and Bernard Gross joined Sergio Mascarenhas and both did an excellent contribution toward the establishment of research in solid state physics advising many students."

This tribute was added by John Baglin on 18th July 2014

"For many years, I was privileged to know Bob, both as a wise and brilliant professional colleague, and dedicated scientist, and also as a thoughtful, patient, generous and always-cheerful friend.  He was always more than ready to offer help in a task.  And he was an inspiring person with whom to share insights and opinions about the larger issues of the world.  His philosophical perspectives and friendly company will indeed be sorely missed.  But his legacy of optimism and generosity will long survive among all of his associates and colleagues."

This tribute was added by Edith Carrigy on 14th July 2014

"Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the loss of your husband.  My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

I did not know Dr. Zimmerman as a physicist, a teacher, a mentor or a pilot. During the time I worked at CIM, I got to know him as a man of great kindness and warmth and the positive affect he had on his students and colleagues.  He will be remembered as a wonderful man.

Edith Carrigy"

This tribute was added by Izadora Dourado on 13th July 2014

"Bob , Você foi e sempre será uma pessoal especial em minha vida , suas qualidades e visão de vida , sempre objetiva e sem medo de viver .Sempre admirei você .
Estará sempre em minha lembrança .

Izadora Dourado"

This tribute was added by Heitor Vicente Rosa on 13th July 2014

"Bob was a great friend, fed my dreams during the years I was away from home. I remember the trips we made his plane, always having fun with the scariest weather situations. I'll always remember this simple smile when you're in the air (flying). Memories of my family.

Heitor Vicente Rosa
Goiatuba, Goiás, Brazil"

This tribute was added by Caroline Santamaria on 12th July 2014

"Huntsville, Alabama, Summer 2001.
Our training at the CIM was just started that you and Dr Holland were already taking us, the French students, on board of your Mooney and Cesna. Before we knew we were flying to Cape Canaveral for the launch of a space shuttle. I was 21 and coming to the US was already a big step. These journeys with you Robert, as well as these discussions during the cheese&wine parties with the CIM’s crew were a trip in the trip. I could endlessly listen to your adventurous stories in Brazil told humorously. You were chasing rainbows in the sky and I learnt from you that seen from the air, they were complete circles. Dear Robert, thank you for who you were and for having fed in me this passion to discover the world and its fabulous people.

All my deepest thoughts go to your relatives.
Yours sincerely, Caroline."

This tribute was added by Steve Dickinson on 8th July 2014

"ROBERT LEE ZIMMERMAN           July 24, 1929 – May 6, 2014

     Robert lee Zimmerman, also known to me and so many others as “Uncle Bob”, was so many things. I would fail if I attempted to describe them all.
     Bob was born to Nettie and Ward Zimmerman (the original) July 24th  1929 in South Dakota. He was born fourth  of five children, having one older sister Donna Gene, two older brothers, Jim and Ward, and one younger sister Hazel. (who is with us today)
     Bob has two children, David and Jane; and five grandchildren. He married his wife, my Aunt Adelaide on Feb 25th 1993, whom he loved, as she rivaled him in character.
     Bob graduated high school at the young age of 14, and went on to graduate from M.I.T. with a doctorate at only age 22. He taught for 36 years at the University of Sao Paolo, and also was a physics professor at AAMU in Huntsville, Alabama. Home was where his heart was; and his heart was in Brazil.
     Yes, Bob was an educated man, an intelligent, accomplished man. One known by many for his accomplishments. But, That is not what truly makes a man who he is…it is just what he does.  WHAT MAKES A MAN IS HIS CHARACTER AND THE TRAITS HE BESTOWS.
“A GOOD NAME IS RATHER TO BE CHOSEN THAN GREAT RICHES, AND LOVING FAVOR RATHER THAN SILVER AND GOLD.   Proverbs 22:1
     If you know Bob only for his accomplishments, then I am sorry, you did not know who Bob really was.
     Bob was a patient man: Showing attentiveness and always being willing to take time to LISTEN to the things that were important to others, even if that person was a small child whose life’s concerns revolved around butterflies and hot chocolate. Despite the intelligence he was blessed with, it was obvious the simple things in life were more important.
     Through his gentleness, Bob showed personal care and concern in meeting the needs of others before his own were met; often forgoing his own desires to make sure others were put first.
     In this way Bob showed love and selflessness, giving to others basic needs without having any motive for personal reward.
     Bob was not a respecter of persons. Meaning: Neither a person’s level of  intelligence, financial status, or outward appearance in life, affected how he treated them. In this way he showed tolerance, not prejudice. He showed acceptance of others as unique expressions of specific character qualities in varying degrees of maturity.
     Bob was always eager to show benevolence  and  hospitality.  Through his generosity,  Bob allowed others to experience things that they otherwise would have missed. These experiences were far from limited, and inspired those who received such “gifts” to go farther, think deeper, and have more confidence in themselves. During his years in Brazil, he started a tennis school for students that helped kids win scholarships to universities around the world!
     Bob was very humble.  I never remember him promoting himself or his accomplishments. He never bragged about his successes, but rather laughed at his failures! Instead he encouraged  others to overcome their self determined limitations and make something of themselves, to leave a “foot print in the sand” per say, in whatever field that inspired them.
     Bob encouraged creativity. He took the time to listen to the ideas of others, especially those that had little or no “higher education”. He appreciated the uninhibited “fresh” approach from minds that had not been trained to think in only one direction, or from a “learned” perspective. Bob Said once, “…I find that people with free minds… are able to solve complicated issues, problems, or tasks by thinking outside the box…If they don’t know that it is impossible…if they don’t know that they can’t…they usually are more able to accomplish what they set out to do, or to solve.” Bob always had a way of making a person feel smarter than they were.
     Bob loved a challenge of any kind. In fact, he learned to do most anything he set his mind to. From playing classical guitar, learning to fly and receive his private pilot’s license and owning his own plane, to designing and flying his own hang glider. He loved to ski. I spent many times “chasing Bob down the slopes of Mt. Hood (one of his favorite playgrounds) His eyes bright with enthusiasm and his beard full of snow and icicles! “Let’s do that again!” he’d say. “ I want to see if I can “shred” that run again! (which was a term he learned from my teenage daughter.)  At one time, he and one of my younger daughters were the oldest and youngest skiers on the mountain; with Bob in his 80’s, and my daughter barely 2 years old. And they skied together. He would wait with me to take the snowcat  up to the highest skiable part of Mt Hood and then he ski all the way down with “Style”!
     Bob loved adventure.  He never limited his experiences. If there was ever anything that was beyond his physical capabilities, he would encourage others to do it while he cheered them on.
     Bob never made you meet him at his level. He met you at yours.
     Bob’s legacy will continue NOT by what he accomplished, but rather by what he has encouraged others to accomplish. Who Bob was, is not gone. It can be found as inspiration in hundreds, if not thousands of people his life touched. Bob has forever changed the world in this way because so many were inspired and encouraged by him, his character will carry on and continue to inspire others in the future. I know it has changed me.
     I can truly say Bob was great. After all he was my GREAT UNCLE BOB.

  Written from the heart with love, by his great nephew, Steve Dickinson Jr."

This tribute was added by Daryush ILA on 4th July 2014

"From Oswaldo Baffa
     I first met Bob Zimmerman as my professor and mentor at the undergraduate Physics in Sao Carlos, later in 1984 he was hired as a full professor at the Physics Department of University of Sao Paulo-Ribeirão Preto, Brazil and became our leader. His first action was to create a Master´s graduate program in Physics Applied to Medicine and Biology that evolved to a PhD and finally to an undergraduate program in Medical Physics. This was a key step to consolidate a research group in this area that now has national and international recognition.
     Bob played also an important role as a mentor of our department, always willing to discuss an experimental result that could not be understood, by reading and analyzing the writing of a scientific paper and even editing the English text. He always had an original approach to solve problems, whatever they were. Once he was so involved with the research of chaotic system that he wanted to tile a wall of his house in a pseudo random way following a Feigenbaum (who is a leading researcher in chaos research) series and produces fantastic images.
     He loved adventure sports. Running, skiing, climbing mountains, flying a hang glider and flew his own plane until this last trip… When he ran, he used to tell us that the oxygenation and increased body temperature would activate his brain and he could solve many difficult problems. However, when his body went to the resting state he would forget the solution!
     Bob had a shy personality and in recent years our department tried several times to do a tribute to him, but he always managed to escape. It was a shame that we could not tell him everything we would like say when he was still alive. At the age of 84 he had a youthful vitality and still  so much to teach us. All who had any contact with him will deeply feel his loss. My sympathy to his family."

This tribute was added by Claudio Carvalho on 4th July 2014

"To Bob
I had the pleasure to meet him around 1980's and after that, I have learned to see the world with different eyes because Bob taught me a lot of about physics and life. He was an amazing person, good tennis player and friend. I would like to write much more about him, but I will just say, "We will remember you forever and ever" Thanks Bob.
Claudio Carvalho
UNESP – BRAZIL"

This tribute was added by Osvaldo Novais on 3rd July 2014

"Bob was a dear lecturer during my undergrad in Sao Carlos. My colleagues and I admired the way he dealt with students, his skills in the lab, the way he approached life.
My recollections of his warmth toward the students, which continued in our encounters after he left Sao Carlos, will be always in my mind. Bob taught us by example. The lessons of how a scientist may be humble and generous will never be forgotten.

Osvaldo Novais (Chu)
Former student of Bob, now professor at São Carlos Institute of Physics"

This tribute was added by Dee Smith on 15th June 2014

"I met "Gramps" through my cousin Gena Scott McGill. I would always hear her talk about this man and after awhile was wondering who this person was that was so good to my cousin and wasn't a relative. I finally got to meet him and was impressed that he was a very special person with a genuine heart to help and influence young people and that he did. My cousin would tell me of her trips to Brazil to vacation with "Gramps" family.


Eventually I met his wife and found her to be a lovely person as well. My heart goes out to the family during difficult journey. I understand "Gramps" lived his life to the fullest and was there to help others and what a void life will be without his presence. I agree with my cousin, Gena, I will take the good and enjoy this journey while serving others.

My sincere heartfelt sympathy to all of his family members in this loss of your loved one Robert Lee Zimmerman.

Donna Smith"

This tribute was added by Bonita Spencer on 13th June 2014

"Our deepest sympathy goes out to the wife and family members of the late Dr. Robert E. Zimmerman.

We had the pleasure of meeting him and coming to know him as “Gramps” through my daughter, Gena Scott- McGill.  He meant so much to her and he gave so much to her that was intangible and will always be a part of her.  He was such a positive influence in her life.  We enjoyed entertaining him in our home on many occasions.  Some of those times included Dr. Ila, The Holland’s and a young man from Brazil, who Gramps brought along and he played the guitar in my home. We had a grand time that evening.  Then some years later, Gramps blessed us with his presence at our wedding on November 21, 2008.  
His life ended tragically, but we must remember…his end came doing it “his way” and that we must respect. He will be forever remembered by so many for so many reasons too numerous to mention.  May you find comfort with time and rest in having known such a giant of a man.  Sincerely, Richard & Bonnie Spencer, Millsboro, Delaware."

This tribute was added by gena Mcgill on 13th June 2014

"I wish to extend my condolences to the family of the late Dr. Robert E. Zimmerman, whom I affectionately called “Gramps”.
  
I was very fortunate to have met him, as a student, back in 1992 at Alabama A&M University in undergraduate school.  Over a period of time and with observation I realized he reminded me of my mother’s father, who was also of German decent, which is why I gave him the name “Gramps”.  Over the years we developed a very close and loving grandfather-granddaughter relationship.  I was very blessed to be his guest in Brazil on two separate occasions and he took me up in his airplane to show me various islands from an aerial view.  When we first met, as a student, we would go to Pizza Hut frequently to eat.  Then later in time I would meet him, along with others, at various restaurants.  We also shared attending concerts at the Von Braun Civic Center.  We had fun meeting at Books-A-Million, along with other friends. He enjoyed the meals I prepared for him, when he was in the states alone, and I included his wife and the Holland’s when they were in Alabama, as well.  They also had the pleasure of being guest in my mother’s home and enjoyed her culinary skills, as well.
I was so impressed with how he lived his life with such an unassuming posture with no need to talk about his academic accomplishments, his material gains, his having his own private airplane, having his own Tennis Camp in Brazil and on and on.  He was the most unassuming person I have known to have acquired so much, yet did not display outwardly his successes. He had such an impact on me that I chose to emulate him for the fine qualities I saw in him. I observed how he always managed and negotiated life with firm but nice assertion skills. The legacy he left me is maintaining a “free spirit”.  He will be forever missed by me and my parents. I am grateful he was able to meet my husband, Ronnie McGill when he visited our home last year.  
Gramps would asked me this question, “Am I a faded memory?” when time and distance had kept us apart.  My response then and now is “No Gramps, your memory will live on forever”.   Affectionately, Your Granddaughter, Gena McGill"

This tribute was added by Iouri Borissevitch on 7th June 2014

"This is from Galina and Iouri Borissevitch, russian friends of Robert Lee Zimmerman.
We know Bob for 15 years and during all this time we couldn´t stop admiring him, his life philosophy, his great heart. He has always been a “teenager” in the best sense of this word.
We would like to present one episode which characterizes Bob very well. Once we were flying in his monomotor and suddenly he decided to wash the plane and entered a storm-cloud. We were very impressed by the situation and slightly frightened. But when the plane left the cloud we were recompensed for our fright as we saw a complete round rainbow down the plane! Bobby was happy and very proud as if he himself has made it!
We were even closer due to our love for animals. We remember various examples of his interaction with the creatures. Once in our house he felt tired and lay down on a sofa. One of our dogs, the size of a Labrador, immediately lay down nearby. Bobby was clapping slightly its nose and the both seemed completely happy.
It is impossible to believe that he is not with us. He has always been interested in everything new, he has always been a boy in spite of his venerable age.
We´ll miss Bobby forever."

This tribute was added by Lia Fletcher on 5th June 2014

"Rest in peace, “Robert-Robert!” The world lost a rare gem! An unpretentious genius… who got a PhD from MIT at 21… ran 10 miles a day at 72… and flew airplanes all the way to 84. I will always remember the many nights we spent drinking Beaujolais, eating your homemade bread, or pumpkin pie with butter pecan ice cream. Thanks to you, my transcripts will forever display A+ in physics with calculus… as only an innate professor could transform a Bachelor of Arts candidate into a physics wiz! I will never forget your amazing stories from your youth in Massachusetts all the way to your love escapades in Brazil. I am sad to see you go, but you could not have had a more fitting end… and for that I am happy for you. It was a pleasure knowing you! Until we meet again! Yours truly, “Lia-Lia”"

This tribute was added by james Johnson on 4th June 2014

"Let there be no doubt, a bright and wonderful light has gone from this world.  Dr. Zimmerman embodied those qualities that those of all status, learned or unlearned felt complete ease.  His personality was one that gave no hint of the depth of knowledge and ability that he possessed.  I met him and the "gang" of the CIM  in 2001 and although the time was  much too brief, he will live on in the great memories that he hs left.

Jay"

This tribute was added by Floyd Del McDaniel on 3rd June 2014

"I was so saddened to hear about Bob and his brother.  Bob was a dear friend who always made a point to come over and say hi and to talk. He was one of the friendliest and kindest people, who never said an unkind word about anyone. Unfortunately, I mostly saw Bob at physics conferences, most recently the SMMIB in Kusadasi, Turkey in September 2013.  I always found Bob's breath of knowledge of so many different scientific topics and other personal adventure topics to be fascinating.  I know of no other who has lived life as fully as Bob has.  Bob had a jest for life, not just his science, but his hikes, his skiing, and his flying.  Bob will be missed by his family and friends and the many students he mentored."

This tribute was added by Manfred Gossrau on 2nd June 2014

"Normally you have a certain number of friends but only with a few of them contact rests from the beginning a life long. Bob was one of them and one of the most remarkable persons I met in life.
We saw us at the beginning of the eightees when he constructed an unconventional house in Sao Carlos (Brasil) and in the following years we did a lot of things together, playing tennis, climbing mountains in Bolivia, flying with his plane etc.etc.
Our last meeting was in Sao Paulo at christmas last year when he was on his way to USA and we talked about the different beaches in Ubatuba (Brasil) where we had been together. Naturally he preferred those with high and strong waves, the calm ones he found "boaring!" His life ended how it was, always looking for adventures and new challenges.
Manfred (75), Christine (wife, 73), children Gerhard and his wife Rotraud(47), Lorenz (43), Marianne (42) and grandchildren Emma (15)
and Eva (12).
We all miss him."

This tribute was added by Anup Sharma on 2nd June 2014

"I have long admired Dr. Robert Zimmerman both for his insight into physics as well as for his gutsy approach to life. Was deeply saddened by this news.

Anup Sharma
Alabama A&M University"

This tribute was added by Mary Strong on 2nd June 2014

"I remember Dr. Zimmerman as a very kind person.  He always greeted me with a smile and a kind word whenever he came to Alabama A&M Physics Department.  He seemed very humble and sincere.  I would often run into Dr. Zimmerman and others from CIM in Captain D's which seemed to be one of their favorite lunch spots.  I am saddened to know that I will not get to see him again.  It is at these times that we often think about what we could have or would have said if we knew that we would not see the person again. RIP Dr. Zimmerman"

This tribute was added by Dorothy Huston on 1st June 2014

"I do not remember when I first met Dr. Robert Zimmerman because it was many years ago.  However, I do remember that he was an extraordinary professional, scientist and professor.  Thanks for the many years God shared Dr. Zimmerman with us.  He was a loving, kind gentleman who loved family, friends and everyone he met.  He was respected for both his humanistic and intellectual gifts.  He loved life and people, especially mentoring students and young professionals.  What a way to say goodbye, Bob - spending time with a beloved brother during something you really enjoyed - flying!  RIP in peace, buddy.  Blessings to your beautiful wife and entire family.  Our fond memories of you will serve to comfort us for many years to come."

This tribute was added by Nickolai Kukhtarev on 1st June 2014

"Robert Zimmerman was wonderful unique person being great scientist and great human being. I and my wife were blessed to meet Robert and Adelaide, share joint scientific publications, playing tennis...Memory of Robert will live in or hearts forever
Nickolaii and Tatiana Kukhtarev
Alabama A&M University"

This tribute was added by Kay Campbell on 1st June 2014

"Here is a link to the tribute article that is the front-page story of today's Huntsville Times (6/1/14). I had to leave out a LOT! Thanks to all who helped. I love the pictures of the young Zimmerman brothers in front of Mt. Rushmore that's in the photo gallery -- a truly monumental family! http://blog.al.com/breaking/2014/06/robert_zimmerman_life_story.html"

This tribute was added by Daryush ILA on 1st June 2014

"Naoki Kishimoto,
National Institute for Materials Science
Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-00047, Japan
Condolences to Professor Robert Lee Zimmerman's family and Friends
Dear Adelainde,
c.c. Darysh,

       We are so sorry to hear the sudden death of your husband. I hoped my first understanding of Daryush's e-mail was wrong.
     While I have nothing to say to make you feel better, we would like you to know how much we appreciated him as a decent professor and how much we respected him as my lifelong teacher.
     He has been always gentle and kind to us. When I was uneasy as a stranger in US or Brazil, I was always relieved by him and you.  He has made a lot of brilliant pioneer work, needless to say.
     My long-lasting dream to go skiing with him and you became impossible.
Please accept my sympathy from the bottom of its heart.
With our best regards,
Naoki and Mika Kishimoto"

This tribute was added by Fernando Calzzani on 30th May 2014

"Bob was one of the greatest scientists I've got a chance to personally meet, and furthermore, he was by far the humblest person I've ever met; an unique human being. He will be deeply missed for all of those who had the privilege to know him personally.  

Fernando and Andrea Calzzani"

This tribute was added by Antenor Barbeiro on 29th May 2014

"I had the honor of being a student of Bob Zimmerman, in 1989, at USP - Ribeirão Preto. We all remember him with great affection, even more than the scientist, the great person he was. A small tribute to my Bob Zimmerman:
http://amarretadoazarao.blogspot.com.br/2014/05/imagine.html"

This tribute was added by Kay Campbell on 29th May 2014

"Several people have contacted me from my request here -- thank you! And a special thanks to Dr. Ila, Hazel and Dr. Holland for helping me with photographs. The story will be "live" at AL.com at noon, Central Time, on Sunday, 6/1/14. It should be easily found with any browser search for "Robert Zimmerman Life Story." It has inspired me to learn more about these amazing brothers. What a gift they were to the world -- and how wonderful to be able to say they died, at 84 and 86, still too young! My good wishes to all their family and friends. People like these leave an unfillable gap."

This tribute was added by Deborah Holmes on 29th May 2014

"Although I don't remember you, reading all the stories great aunt Hazel post about you and uncle Ward makes me feel great pride knowing you are my great uncles. I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you in my adult life. Please give my grandparents hugs from all of us. RIP great uncle Bob & Ward xoxoxo"

This tribute was added by Kay Campbell on 28th May 2014

"I'm a reporter in Huntsville, Ala., attempting to write a fitting tribute for Dr. Zimmerman by noon tomorrow (5/29). I'd welcome phone calls or emails from anyone with time to tell me a bit more. 256-532-4320, kcampbell@AL.com. He and his brother, both, sound like incredible people."

This tribute was added by Jucara Freimark on 28th May 2014

"Today I just found out about the death of Dr. Robert L. Zimmerman and I must say with all my heart that the world lost the most wonderful, loving, caring person I have ever met.  Bob and his family cross my life as a young girl when they moved to Brasil many years ago. From then on, my life was never the same. He was an angel sent from haven. He took time from his busy life to extend his hand to help a simple girl and her grandmother. He changed my life forever, he was the father I never had, the mentor I never dream to have and he gave me the opportunity to totally change my life. He taught me so much from how to swim, to play the guitar, to love nature and people. Finally, he gave the opportunity to live with his family in this wonderful blessed country and I had the pleasure to know what was to have a real family. It is Important to add  that even though he was incredibly  smart, he never look down at people, he treated them with respect and kindness always making them feel special. He did not judge people by their race or social status he got along with everybody with his shy smile and quiet voice and from all that and more, I must say; THANK YOU BOB- I WILL MISS YOU! GOD BLESS YOU"

This tribute was added by Hazel Zimmerman on 24th May 2014

"As his little sister, I looked to my brother Robert Zimmerman, for most of the important lessons of my life.  He was my best friend and only companion during my first four or five years.  He was my steadfast defender and protector from all the slings and arrows that outrageous fortune dealt me.  He was generous with his gifts, understanding of my faults and ever ready to solve my problems.  I cllimbed Mt. Ilimani with him in 1992, flew in the Mooney with him from Huntsville to Brazil on at least one occasion and many more adventures cross country in that little plane with him.  In 2013, he and Adelaide invited me to join them, Ward Zimmerman, Larry and Anesia Holland and Marian McAllister on their trip to Alaska and those memories are my treasury.  There has never been a better brother, friend and soulmate.  I will miss him so long as I live."

This tribute was added by melissa jarrell on 24th May 2014

"I will forever cherish the friendship and memories formed by the opportunity to know Bob. He was, indeed, a role model, a mentor, and a friend to many. I can still hear his voice and see the small gestures that he made during conversations, conversations that I could sit quietly and admire his depth of knowledge that he was so eager to share. Bob always had a spark in his eye, and a zest for life that was most certainly contagious to those around him. He cared deeply about his friends, family, and colleagues! The footprints that Bob leaves behind will be forever present in the hearts of many. It was, indeed, a great honor, and pleasure to call him a friend!"

This tribute was added by Jim Anderosn on 22nd May 2014

"Jim and Pari Anderson"

This tribute was added by Kami Pyvand on 21st May 2014

"It was the summer of 1998 when I entered the USA, Huntsville and I got acquainted with Dr. Zimmerman where we all worked in the "Center for Irradiation of Materials" under Dr. Ila's managment . I spent a lot of great time with Dr. Zimmerman as he had a great quest and thirst to learn and he kept asking questions about Iran, education in Iran and the culture. He took his time to drive me to the social security office to apply for my SSN. The man was, IS, a great a spirit and at the same so pleasantly sweet and sensitive. Never forget a time when I translated a Fasi poem to English and I so tears in his eyes. Dr. Zimmerman, your beautiful spirit, your memories will always stay with me. May you rest in peace.

Kami Pyvand

Atlanta, GA. Realtor"

This tribute was added by Shenetta Dudley on 19th May 2014

"I had the pleasure to meet Dr. Zimmerman at FSU where he was a valuable asset to the Research Office. He had a warm heart and a smile to go with it. Dr. Zimmerman will be remembered fondly and we send our thoughts and prayers to the family.

Shenetta Dudley
FSU, Sponsored Research an Programs"

This tribute was added by John & Tara Chacha on 18th May 2014

"Me and my wife got to know Dr Zimmerman when I was finishing my graduate studies and working at the CIM. We will very much miss your stories of adventure and getting advise about school and life in general may God rest your soul. We will miss you very much.

John and Tara Chacha"

This tribute was added by Satilmis Budak on 17th May 2014

"Since I saw the first news and learned the fact from Dr. ILA, I am very sad. Dr. Zimmerman was a perfect person from the all sides and supporting any of us during many cases. He was very patient and helpful during teaching, training, talking and discussion with any of us. As CIM team at AAMU, we got many success together with Dr. Zimmerman and Dr. ILA's and team's support. You could thrust him 100% without any doubt. It is not easy to find a person like him, We will miss him and will not forget him. I met him, his wife and his brother in last SMMIB meeting in Turkey. He will be in our hearts.
Satilmis Budak"

This tribute was added by Gladies Herron on 17th May 2014

"I am so grateful for the years I worked with and got to know the honorable Dr. Robert Zimmerman during his tenure as a research scientist at the AAMU Research Institute. Special thanks to Dr. ILA for bringing him as a researcher into our lives at the Institute.

Dr. Zimmerman was not only an accomplished and distinguished scientist, teacher and friend but a humble servant of God Almighty who modeled true love in his relationships with all. He had the ability to make those around him to feel esteemed in his presence.

It is comforting to know that Dr. Zimmerman enjoyed his senior years doing what he liked to do. Now with this sudden loss, may God Almighty strengthen his family and friends with the wonderful and cherished memories that he left for us.

His life shines brightly!
John 11:25-26 (NIV) Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die..”

Rest well our beloved Dr. Bob Zimmerman!


Gladies Herron
Former Associate Director
AAMURI"

This tribute was added by Malek Abunaemeh on 16th May 2014

"There are only a few people in my life that I look up to. One of those people was Dr. Zimmerman. I really looked up to him. there is a man who saw the world and lived life to the fullest. It really sadness me that he is no longer with us. I really learned a lot from Dr. zimmerman. I thank Dr. ILA for introducing me to a man that will ever be with me in mind and spirit. A person that I respect and truly admired. A man that we all can learn from the way he took life. I wish I had more time with him. You will always be remembered. To a friend, mentor and a special loved one, It was a pleasure.
Malek Abunaemeh"

This tribute was added by Carolyn Harris on 15th May 2014

"I met Dr. Zimmerman about two years ago.  He was a very impressionable person.  I admired his enthusiasm, passion and unlimited commitment to research.   He will always be our thoughts and in our hearts.

Carolyn Harris
FSU, Sponsored Research and Programs"


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