Bob Hirschfeld

Septem­ber 9, 1947 - Jan­uary 3, 2019

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - LIFE TRIBUTES -

Robert “Bob” Hirschfeld, lov­ing hus­band, father, and friend, passed away on Jan­uary 3, 2019. He was 71 years old.

Bob was a San Francisco na­tive who spent most of his life in Alameda. He was a pas­sion­ate pho­tog­ra­pher, avid trav­eler, and self­de­scribed com­puter geek.

Born to Holo­caust sur­vivors, Bob at­tended Low­ell High School in San Francisco and re­ceived his Bach­e­lor’s De­gree in Broad­cast Jour­nal­ism from San Francisco State in 1969, where he was the photo editor of the Daily Gater stu­dent news­pa­per.

He be­gan his ca­reer in jour­nal­ism at Time Mag­a­zine, then moved to ra­dio (KCBS, KIOI, and KGO) and tele­vi­sion. Bob spent 23 years at KTVU (Chan­nel 2) wear­ing many hats, in­clud­ing reporter, writer, as­sign­ment editor, pro­ducer, and oper­a­tions man­ager. He also spear­headed the cre­ation of ktvu.com and served as its web­mas­ter dur­ing the early days of the in­ter­net. Af­ter KTVU, he spent two years at TechTV as a reporter and field pro­ducer.

He con­cluded his ca­reer with 10 years as a Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer at Lawrence Liver­more Na­tional Lab, where the cut­ting edge sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy fed his in­sa­tiable in­quis­i­tive­ness. Upon re­tir­ing in 2013, he and his wife trav­eled ex­ten­sively, en­thu­si­as­ti­cally doc­u­ment­ing all seven con­ti­nents with vi­brant pho­to­graphs and de­tailed blog­ging.

He will be in­cred­i­bly missed by his wife of 47 years, Joyce, and his daugh­ters, Jenny and Becky (Adam). In lieu of flow­ers, please con­sider do­nat­ing to the Prostate Can­cer Foun­da­tion at cure. pcf.org.

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