July 8, 2008
Herbert Weisbrot died June 8 at Renown Medical Center at age 86. He was born in Manhattan, New York. His parents, Ben and Ana, Jewish immigrants from Poland, and his brother, Bernard, predeceased him.
He joined the Army Air Corps after graduating from high school and was stationed in the Aleutian Islands during World War II. He graduated from the University of Miami on the GI Bill with a degree in engineering. His first job was in Las Vegas where he met and became friends with many entertainers and enjoyed following their careers through the years. Later, while employed in Hawaii, he earned his black belt in karate and enjoyed teaching it to young people for many years.
In 1963, he married his wife, Joan. They and their son, Steven, moved several times in the course of his aerospace engineering career, including Southern and Northern California and White Sands, N.M. where he worked on the LEM Astronaut program. He retired while living in Los Gatos, Calif., and he and Joanie had the opportunity to take several world cruises.
In 1989, they had a home built in Truckee and spent many years there, involving themselves in various activities. Herbie was very proud to be an honorary Lioness and participated in many fundraising projects in the community. He also enjoyed classic cars and working on stained glass projects. In 1998, he and Joanie moved to Reno to be with many of their friends and family. Herbie was a member of The GOD Club and had a great interest in the historical flavor of the Reno area. He loved to discuss anything with anybody at any time!
A celebration of life will be held at the Atlantis Casino Resort, Reno, July 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us.