Robert Chinn

Obituary of Robert A Chinn

Robert Allan Chinn passed away on December 21 surrounded by his family after relentlessly battling lymphoma for eight years.  


Rob was a scholar his entire life.  After earning his high school diploma in his hometown of Fresno, California, Rob graduated from the University of California Berkeley with Bachelor of Science degrees in Physiology and Anatomy in 1976.  He settled in the Bay Area, where he put his meticulous nature to work in medical research before starting his career in the pharmaceutical industry.  He held a design patent for custom turntable weights; studied and savored winemaking and wines; and over four decades, consistently worked at improving his game--on the court, on the baseball field (especially in helping his son Matt), and on the links.  When he couldn't play, he cheered on his favorite F1 drivers and Bay Area teams (chiefly the Warriors), memorizing stats and play calls.  He learned the most about love from Karen, his wife of over 41 years.


Rob also immersed himself in the history, method, and, most importantly, enjoyment of fine cuisine.  He left no culture unexplored, leading to the itineraries for his family's trips abroad to consist solely of locales for meals and vineyard excursions.  To him, though, cooking and eating was essential because of the people it brought together.  The more he cooked, the more he could entertain and share with those he loved.   


He left no joke untold, no photograph untaken, no inept motorist unscathed, and no friend without someone to talk to.  He will be most missed by the numerous friends and family that relied on him as their phone or email buddy as they trekked to or from work (his network spanned from Hawaii to the East Coast).  For all that he learned, he taught.  Laughter, good food, and steadfast thoughtfulness will continue to abound in the homes of those who knew him.  


Rob is survived by his wife Karen of Skillman, NJ, children Matthew and Monica, both of Washington, DC, his sister Gail, and brother Hank. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be sent to Angels Network Charities in Honolulu, Hawaii (5339 Kalanianaole Hwy.), where his family volunteered; the MSKCC Lymphoma Team in New York (, whose dutiful and caring nurses were a comfort to both him and Karen; or the Golden State Warriors Community Foundation (, whose work helps the community Rob called home for many years, and whose team long held his heart and most ardent cheers.

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