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December 4, 2021

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From the corner booth...

Got the following from the Longfellow Dance Club newsletter:

Eli Brookner, ballroom dancer, radar engineer, world traveler, Lexington Ma community participant, loving husband of 35 years to Ethel Bobick Brookner, loving father of two sons, passed away last November 29th.

Eli BROOKNER, Age 90, a Lexington resident, since 1962 and Principal Engineering Fellow for Raytheon, died at Emerson Hospital in Concord on November 29, 2021. He was the husband of the late Ethel (Bobick) Brookner. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 2, 1931, as the son of the late Angel and Fanny Brookner. He was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and went on to attend City College where he met his future wife. Later, he earned his PhD from Columbia University. With a career spanning more than half a century at Raytheon as a Radar Engineer, he played a major role in the development of radar and phased array radar systems. He is recognized as a leader and advisor for over twenty leading radar programs for civil and defense applications. A life member of IEEE, he received the Dennis J. Picard Medal, Warren White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering, as well as IEEE Centennial and Millennium medals. A renowned international lecturer and published author, his teachings have educated thousands of radar engineers worldwide. An extensive traveler, he has lectured in and visited 22 countries in every continent but the Antarctic. He will also be remembered as a passionate ballroom dancer up until his passing.

Relatives and friends are invited to gather for his graveside service on Sunday, December 5th at 11 am in
Westview Cemetery, 520 Bedford Street, Lexington, Ma. 02420. 781-861-2717

Eli's son, Richard, is inviting folks to get together afterwards at the

Element Lexington Hotel meeting room, 727 Marrett Road, Lexington, Ma. 02421. 781-761-1750

between 1 and 4 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society 3 Speen Street Framingham, MA 01701 508-270-4600

See you on the dance floor.

Benson Wong

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