Robert Arthur Ornitz
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Robert Arthur Ornitz

ORNITZ: Robert Arthur Ornitz, youngest son of the late Nathaniel B. Ornitz and Anne Ornitz, died on Oct. 29, 2021, in Delray Beach, Florida, from the consequences of a fall. He had just turned 98. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Ruth Friedman Ornitz; his children, Carol Ornitz Rehman, Janet Anne Ornitz, and Robert N. Ornitz (Lorri); and his only grandchild, Jonathan Parker Parry.
Bob grew up in Pittsburgh. He went to Taylor Allderdice, where he swam competitively, and he was a proud WW II veteran. He returned on a troop ship with a red Chow Chow puppy under his arm that he named King. He and King met Ruth, who was the love of his life, soon after. Bob and King went to Cornell University where Bob got a degree in engineering and King was given a special degree as well, as he had attended every one of Bob’s classes. At Cornell, Bob was part of the swim team, and he lived a lifetime of staying in condition. Bob and Ruth married in 1948, and raised their family in the house that Ruth’s grandfather built on Aylesboro Avenue in Pittsburgh. From there, Bob and Ruth traveled the world together, and played golf, tennis and bridge together. They later moved to Florida, where they continued to play golf, tennis and bridge.
After Ruth, the second greatest passion in Bob’s life was golf. He was a true student of the game and a very accomplished golfer. For decades he reviewed golf courses around the world for Golf Digest magazine. When he was in his 80s he played in the Super Seniors pro golf tour, and he continued to pass on his love of the game by continuing to play golf at every opportunity and by giving golf lessons. He gave his last golf lesson three days before his death. Bob would tell you that he had a wonderful life. His family and friends would tell you that he was kind, and one of a kind, and he will be deeply missed. PJC

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