Robert Anthony Prochazka, 89, of Rockaway, NJ, died November 27, 2012.
Mr. Prochazka was born August 13, 1923 to George A and Josephine (Friday) Prochazka. Born in Newark, he also lived in East Orange, NJ; Andover, MA; Yardley, PA; Prairie Village, KS and Berkeley Heights, NJ.
He earned a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Columbia University. Having enlisted in the Army in 1943, he served in New Guinea, the Philippines and Japan as a member of the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII. In 1948, he married his wife of 52 years, Mary Lee Cumiskey, who pre-deceased him in 2000.
After graduation, he went to work for the Western Electric Co. in Kearny, NJ. In the 1960’s, he managed one of the earliest integrations of data processing technology with manufacturing plant operations at Western Electric’s plant in Lee’s Summit, MO. The rest of his career was spent in various aspects of data processing. He retired in 1985 as Manager in Planning and Development at AT&T in Newark.
He was a member and elder of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Berkeley Heights.
He was an avid golfer, ping pong player and Yankees fan. Investing, stamp collecting and photography were among his hobbies. He loved music and was an accomplished pianist.
He is survived by his three children: son Kenneth and his wife Carol of Campbell CA, daughter Carol of Denville NJ, and son Alan and his wife Kerry of Maplewood NJ; seven grandchildren, and four great grandchildren. He was especially close to his brother Lee’s children: John, Corrine and Diane.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Freedom Alliance at www.FreedomAlliance.org or Freedom Alliance, 22570 Markey Court, Suite 240; Dulles, Virginia 20166
Visitation will be Monday, December 3 from 1 to 3 and 5 to 7:30PM at Bradley Funeral Home, 345 Main St., Chatham, NJ 07928. A short service will follow at 7:30PM.