The SJAA and amateur astronomy have lost a dear friend with the passing of Dr. Robert Armstrong. It was an unexpected and sad loss for all who knew him, and the many who benefited from his quiet generosity.
Professionally, Dr. Armstrong was an infectious diseases specialist, practicing in Los Gatos. Several members of the SJAA, and their families, owe their lives and those of their family members to Dr. A’s expertise and advice. All who knew him saw his deep caring for people, in how he connected on a very personal and human level.
Dr. A. had a fine, quiet, and playful sense of humor, and a great understanding of human nature. Never heard raising his voice in anger, he was one of those people, who are really few, who could always be counted on. Robert set a great example for all.
With the SJAA, his dreams were for the club to have a first rate solar telescope, and to acquire land at a dark site so amateur astronomers could have a place of their own to enjoy their hobby. He recently helped guide the club in acquiring a wonderful solar telescope which now is used monthly for public viewing. It is an appropriate legacy he leaves the SJAA, as none shined so brightly as Dr. A, at the SJAA.
Dr. Armstrong will long be missed by the SJAA, his friends, and those whose lives he touched.
For Dr. Robert Armstrong, M.D.
My esteemed physician, my understanding confidant, and my treasured friend, I offer you this quotation:
“And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath of its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?” ~ Kahlil Gibran from “The Prophet.”
I won’t know which is you, up among the stars you loved, but until I cease breathing, I will be stargazing, knowing that you are there.
Marilyn M. Foley
I am so saddened by the news of your departure from this mortal trip. You saved my life in 1996 I never forget your dedication and caring at my bed side ,
You are always in my mind and May God rests your soul Your name and legacy will be always present
Dr Ali Kashani
Oh Dr Armstrong. I am so saddened to learn of your passing. You saved my sons life in 2000 after he had been sick for several months and no other Dr knew what was wrong with him. You would come see us late at night or early in the morning before your rounds at good Sam. That meant so much to me.
I wanted to send you some pictures and update on him. I just Googled your name and learned that you are no longer with us.
My son is thriving! He has a full ride football scholarship to college and he is ALIVE because of YOU!
God bless you!