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Robert Hunter Aaronson
Jan. 17, 1955-Dec. 12, 2023
Menlo Park, California


Robert Aaronson died unexpectedly at 68 years old on December 12, 2023. He was born in New York on January 17, 1955 to Violet (Gellert) Aaronson and Allen Aaronson. He graduated from MIT and went on to graduate from Stanford Law School. He started his law career working for the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office doing child abuse law. Later he moved to a litigation section of the City Attorneys Office. More recently, he worked as an independent police auditor for many years, until he retired in January 2022. He found his work very satisfying, especially in Santa Rosa where he was determined to help solve the difficulties faced by the homeless population, working closely with citizen activists.

He was dedicated to helping others and found it important to help improve the world. He loved learning and read extensively throughout his life. He was a collector of fountain pens, watches, and coins. He also loved music and spent some years as an avid motorcycle rider. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Elizabeth Fitch Aaronson, and his three children, Pearl Aaronson, fka Michael Aaronson, David Aaronson, and Emily Aaronson.

Robert worked to defend the unhoused in his life, and his family would appreciate assistance to those efforts in his memory. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa.

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