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Obituary (IL): Graham Robert Oslin Jr. '57

Posted on 07/16/2018

"Bob" Oslin Jr.
Died suddenly on June 4, 2018 while visiting family in New York City. Bob was born on June 7, 1936 in Petersburg Virginia, the son of Octavia Friend Richardson and Graham Robert Oslin Sr. Bob is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Louise O'Sullivan-Oslin. Loving children include Robert Michael (Linda) Oslin, David Oslin, Susan (Javier Virgen) Oslin, Dan (Laura) O'Sullivan, and Sheila (Eric Miranda) O'Sullivan. Beloved grandson and best buddy, Casey O'Sullivan. Brother to John Yulee (Karen) Richardson and Helen (James Lewis) Richardson. Dedicated caregiver and companion for 9 years, Louisa Fiesta. Bob attended Petersburg High School, was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy, and graduated from Drexel University. He received a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago. An accomplished inventor, Bob looms large in A Few Good Men from Univac (History of Computing) by David E. Lundstrom, which recalls the heyday of early computing. Bob received many U.S. patents, including the design of groundbreaking products such as the first magnetic stripe ticketing machine for Eastern Airlines, high-speed mass transit fare collection equipment for Duncan Industries, and the first self-contained combination convection-oven-steamer foodservice equipment for Groen/Dover. Bob used his creative thought and engineering expertise to create products that changed lives. Known for both his intelligence and his sense of humor, Bob was an accomplished golfer and a high-level competitive bridge player. His bridge playing excellence led him to achieve Diamond Life Master level in his later years. After retiring, Bob loved spending time at his vacation homes in Powers Lake, WI and Naples, FL as well as his longtime home, overlooking Belmont Harbor in Chicago. Bob had a long following of friends that spanned many generations and cultures and was a delight to be around. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 10 from 1pm – 3pm and a memorial service will be held from 3pm – 4pm at Cooney Funeral Home located at 3918 W. Irving Park Road in Chicago. Internment private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Michael J. Fox Foundation Tribute gift page: OR by mail at: Donation Processing The Michael J. Fox Foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014 For information please call 773-588-5850 or visit
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication from June 8 to June 9, 2018