Robert "Bob" Brody

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“CHERISHED MEMORIES Cub Scout Pack 77, Trinity Reformed Church, West New York, NJ, Hy Feingold Cub Master! The Pack presented show put us together on...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Steven Fried - Cave Creek, AZ

“Fui amigo y alumno de Bob Brody en la primera mitad de la década del ochenta, cuando estudié en UT. Recién me entero de su muerte que me ha...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Alonso Cueto - Lima, Peru

“Thank you all for the notes on this page. My dad would have appreciated them, as well as the wonderful memorial service we had last week. It sounds...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Dana Brody-Brown - San Jose, CA

“Dear Lynne, I was so sorry to learn today of Bob's death. When Albert passed after a long illness, good memories and a lot to be grateful for...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Lorraine Chammah - Austin, TX

“Dear Brody Family and Friends ... The two years of my Melton classroom experience were so enriched by the presence of Bob. Looking forward to...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Malartha Bosier - Austin, TX

“It was my good fortune to be in the Melton Class with Bob. He was such a nice and caring person and it was nice to hear his questions and point of...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Marilyn Stahl - Austin, TX

“Qda. Lynne: Nuestra más sincera y verdadera condolencia. No podré olvidar jamás su caliente acogida que dispensabais en vuestra casa y la que me...Read More »
7 of 20 | Posted by: Jose Luis Varela - Madrid, Spain

“Dear Lynne, Gillian, and Dana, I am saddened to hear about Bob's death. I just read in the Jewish Outlook about his movie experience and his...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Sharon Watkins - Austin, TX

“I will always remember you with kindness bob...you shared an office with my stepfather(george wing) and you were a good friend to him, and spoke very...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: carlos francisco rodriguez - TX

“I feel very sad to learn of Bob's death. I saw him just a few weeks ago at the gym and he said he was doing ok....I am out of town till Sunday, or I...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Ellen Marcus - Austin, TX

“Bob was an amazing man- patient, thoughtful and kind. Aaron and I have been taking good care of his pup Rosie for a few years now. We loved to hear...Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Caitlin Harris, Aaron Moore and Shepard Moore - TX

“Lynne and family, I'm deeply sorry for Bob's death and for the cancer he went through. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Marcia and...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Marcia M. Parsons - Spencer,, MA

“Aunt Lynne, Dana and Shannon, Gillian and David, Mom, and family: There are no words to describe my sadness upon learning about Uncle Bob and I...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Brian Levine - New York City, NY

“Bob and I grew up in practically the same hometown, he, in West New York, New Jersey and, me, in Union City. They abutted one another. We would...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Frank Foerster

“Bob was a very special person to me. He changed the direction of my life when he hired me to teach a Spanish Civilization course in 1987. He...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Sharon Foerster

“Aunt Lynne, Cousins Gillian and Dana. My deepest sympathies for the loss of your husband, and your father. I will always remember my Uncle Bob...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Jaime Levine - Upper Saddle River, NJ

“We will always remember and treasure the moments we shared with Bob: Antiguing in Williamstown, Ma Seeing and hearing the excitement he...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Sandy and Harvey Sussman - Austin, TX

“Bob, I'm going to miss you deeply: Every Saturday morning will be lonely without your participating in discussing in the latest book we had decided...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Ed Farrell - Austin, TX

“I always enjoyed seeing Bob at the J. His dedication was a source of inspiration and encouragement to a fellow cancer survivor. ”
19 of 20 | Posted by: Susan Joiner

“My heartfelt sympathies are with you. Reading his Obituary, it seemed as though he lived a wonderful life. A life worth celebrating. May you all...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Mary Anne Anaya - San Jose , CA


Robert Brody (Bob) of Austin, Texas died on February 21, 2012 after a long fight with cancer.

He was born on June 16, 1937 in Jersey City, New Jersey to Leo and Mollie Brody, Jewish immigrants from Latvia and Poland, respectively. Bob grew up in New Jersey attending prep school at both the Peddie and Hun Schools and from an early age had an affinity for learning foreign languages. After a short introduction to college at Middlebury College in Vermont, Bob took a break from his studies and served in the United States Army.

Following Army service, Bob attended Rutgers University, where he met his wife of 50 years, Lynne M. Brody and obtained a B.A. Bob continued his scholarship, by completing an M.A. from University of Illinois at Champagne-Urbana, and a Ph.D. from Harvard University, in Latin American Literature. After initially teaching at Columbia University, Bob accepted a position in the Spanish Department at the University of Texas at Austin in 1974, where he taught for many years, was promoted to Full Professor, and served for a period of time as chair of the department before retiring in 1997.

Since his retirement, Bob has returned to his love of theater, acting in local productions, doing voice work, and even traveling to Denmark to star in a short film entitled "A Glass of Tea", which is to be featured at the Austin Jewish Film Festival in March. In a recent interview published in "The Jewish Outlook", Bob described the experience of traveling to Denmark and making the movie as "the most exciting thing I've ever done in my life." Bob also enjoyed traveling with his wife, Lynne Brody, spending time with his children and grandchildren, and exercising daily until even after his illness progressed.

Bob is survived by his wife Lynne M. Brody, of Austin, Texas; daughter Dana Brody-Brown (Shannon C. Brown) of San Jose, California, daughter Gillian Brody-Wilcox (David F. Wilcox) of Austin, Texas; grandchildren Naomi Pearl Brown, Lucas Alexander Brown, and Genevieve Lula Wilcox; sister Rhoda Levine, of Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey; and his faithful Labrador Retriever, Rosie.

Burial will take place on Friday February 24th at Austin Memorial Park at 9:30 AM, officiated by Rabbi Alan Freedman, followed by a memorial service at 10:30 AM at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the American Cancer Society http://main.acsevents.org/goto/robertbrody

Bob's vitality and tenacity through years of cancer is a testament to his strength of character. His energetic personality and sonorous voice will be missed by all who knew him