Robert Allen Pease passed away June 20th 2011. See EDN announcement.

Bob was a frequent contributor to the Philbrick Archive and sounding board for all matters Philbrick. Beyond providing information on Philbrick topics, Bob engaged me in exchanges that enriched the understanding of Philbrick techniques and historic context. One of my favorite such exchanges led to the discovery that the Allen-Bradley carbon composition resistors used in Philbrick OPAMPs exhibited a voltage coefficient when subjected to a few tens of Volts (see SK2-V measurements).

Bob has been missed for his contributions and counsel on Philbrick matters. This is but one of many things that Bob will be missed for. Bob also left a worldwide dedicated following of grateful engineers who profited from his advice and orientation on Analog circuit topics. In Electronic Design's "Pease Porridge" Bob distilled a lifetime of experience with the engineering thought process into the widest range of topics that stimulated and delighted it's readers.

Nancy Pease, Bob's widow, kindly  informed me that Bob willed his Philbrick papers and artifacts to me. I accepted stewardship of Bob's Philbrick estate and plan to post as much of it as I can. Thank you Bob and Nancy.

You will continue to be missed, Bob.


Pease Porridge at Electronic Design Magazine.

Bob at National Semiconductor

Bob Pease's desk circa 1970 at Teledyne-Philbrick, as photographed by student intern Stu Brennan. 

On April 8th '6 Stu said via email:

Hi Joe:

I’ve enjoyed reviewing the Philbrick Archive.  A lot of old memories there.  I went to Northeastern University, and did my co-op work at Philbrick in ’67-71.  I was there full time ’71 through ’75.  I actually started my first co-op term at Nexus, just as Teledyne bought it, and the second term started just as Nexus was moved into the Philbrick facility, in the spring of ’68.

Anyway, attached is a photo of Bob Pease’s office, circa 1970, as best I can determine.  I took the photo and developed it myself.  It lived under the glass top of my old desk for years, but then disappeared into parts unknown, reappearing at odd times over the last decade or two.  Finally it turned up at a time when I had something good to do with it.  I suspect that there are more photos in some of those sealed boxes that get moved from house to house to house&ldots;.and are never opened.  Someday they may turn up.

I’m still in touch with Bob Pease, having helped him with his driving book, and receiving more than several emails per year, mostly on automotive topics.

Keep up the great work,

Stu Brennan