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Robert M. Namen, 80, retired chairman of Osborn Engineering Co.

Led engineering designs for Cleveland's professional baseball and football venues

Robert M. Namen, retired chairman of Osborn Engineering Co., guided the Cleveland firm through the engineering of the designs for Progressive Field, when it was called Jacobs Field, and Cleveland Browns Stadium.

The 80-year-old Beachwood resident, who died April 16, also was in charge during the expansion and renovation of Ohio Stadium in Columbus and the engineering of lighting for Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Namen joined Osborn in the early 1950s. He was named president in 1985 and chairman and director of operations in 1995.

Some comments on  online guestbook indicate that Osborn employees regarded Namen as a father figure and positive role model.

“Our fondest memories are of the company picnics at Hinckley Park where we came to know his family and his employees' families,” wrote Lawrence Ho of Cleveland. “Importance of family was his trademark and core value of his very successful centennial company.

"The Ho family conveys our condolences to Susan and the entire Namen family and our gratitude to him for making our lives better through engineering and by example.”

A scholarship fund in Namen’s name was established to aid engineering students at his alma mater, The University of Michigan.  Donations may be forwarded to Robert M. Namen/Osborn Engineering Scholarship Fund, c/o University of Michigan College of Engineering, 1221 Beal Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2102.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 20, at

Family will receive friends at the residence, 2757 Richmond Road, following services until 8 p.m. and from 2-5 and 7-9 p.m. Thursday, April 21.

Namen is survived by his wife, Susan (nee Berkley); children, Kimberlee, Kristin Bevan, Kathryn Helms and Gregg Leslie; and eight grandchildren. 

KENNETH W. SAUVAIN April 20, 2011 at 03:39 AM
Bob Namen is a child of God with spotless integrity, vision, and true consideration for people and engineering. His intense smile, leadership skills and personal charisma brought out the best in people. It was a honor to have known Bob for more than forty years. Now Bob will begin his passage with God. May the love of God surround Bob, Susan and his extended family members… Bob will always be in our thoughts and prayers. With deepest respect, Kenneth W. Sauvain
Nikki Ferrell April 20, 2011 at 05:30 PM
Thanks, Kenneth, for your kind words. I'm sure his family can draw comfort in knowing he was such a respected member of our community.

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