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Robert Pehlke

Robert D. Pehlke

February 11, 1933 - October 22, 2019
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Professor Robert D. Pehlke, born in Ferndale, MI in 1933, passed away at age 86 on October 22, 2019. Dr. Pehlke was Professor Emeritus at The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He studied at the University of Michigan (B.S.E. 1955, Metallurgical Engineering), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (S.M. 1958 and Sc.D. 1960, Metallurgy) and at the Technical University, Aachen, Germany as a Fulbright Fellow, 1956-57. He was Visiting Professor at Tohoku Univrsity, Sendai, Japan in 1994. For more than 40 years (1960-2002), he taught at the University of Michigan and served as Department Chairman from 1973 to 1984. Dr. Pehlke’s research career has produced more than 300 publications including 11 books, and he has received numerous awards. In 2018 at age 83, he published a memoir entitled Adventures of a Materials Scientist. He has consulted with many major corporations all over the world, and has participated in more than 100 legal cases as an expert witness. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Julie and is survived by his children Robert Jr. (Lowell, MA), Lisa (Jacksonville, FL), and David (Westlake Village, CA), his daughter-in-law, David’s wife Amy, their two sons Jackson and Joseph, and several in-laws, nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested that a charitable contribution be made to the Julie A. Pehlke Memorial Fund 7969, PEO Foundation, Treasurer's Dept., 3700 Grand Ave., Des Moines, IA 50312. The family will receive visitors on Friday, November 8th at the Nie Family Funeral Home at 3767 West Liberty Road, Ann Arbor, MI. Visitation will start at 10:00am. A memorial service is scheduled at 11:00 a.m.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday November 8, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Friday November 8, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    Address
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday November 8, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday November 8, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Liberty Road Chapel
    Address
    3767 W. Liberty Road
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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david mcguigan

Posted at 12:57pm
Dear David & Family, Your Dad was a great human being who gave more than he received, and whose smile, friendship and cerebral nature lifted many to higher levels of being. While it has been many, many years since our paths have crossed, I have carried the many important contributions he made to my life with me each and every day. May his spirit 'Shine Bright' in everything you do always!!! With Love & Condolences... Dave McGuigan
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Thomas E Olson

Posted at 11:52am
Our heartfelt condolences to the Pehlke family .
Tom and Collette Olson
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Paul Gronvall

Posted at 09:46pm
So sorry for your loss, grew up with Lisa, Rob and David, and knew the family well as part of our neighborhood family, my sincerest regards to you all.
RB

Robert G. Blossey

Posted at 07:16pm
As one of Bob’s early grad students, I greatly appreciated his collegiality, willingness to delegate, and his ability to garner support for our research. His youthful appearance caused some visitors to mistake him for another grad student. He maintained his youthful attitude throughout his life and kept track of his students and their achievements.
HS

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Posted at 02:47pm
Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. With caring thoughts, GSMS.
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