Robert Barry “Bob” Hahn

05/11/1945 - 06/12/2024

Robert Barry “Bob” Hahn was born in Phillipsburg, NJ to Albert and Irene Hahn. He graduated from Washington High School and served in the US Army National Guard.

Bob was a pioneering figure in the field of steam surface condenser technology. With over 52 years of dedicated service and groundbreaking contributions, Bob leaves behind a legacy of innovation and expertise that has shaped the industry profoundly.

Bob began his illustrious career at Ingersoll-Rand Company in November 1965 as a Detail Draftsman. Over the years, his role evolved, and he made significant strides in condenser design and engineering. His expertise led him to join Ecolaire Heat Transfer Company in April 1977, where he continued to innovate and lead in various capacities, including Service Engineer and Supervisor of Customer Service Department. Bob’s contributions extended globally, with field service assignments in the United States, Mexico, and Australia, where he provided invaluable support and implemented pioneering solutions in condenser technology. In 1984, Bob joined The Atlantic Group as Vice President of Condenser Services. His vision and expertise put Atlantic on the map as the world’s leading condenser retubing company. Day & Zimmerman acquired The Atlantic Group in August of 2006 where Bob continued to serve as Vice President until his retirement in December of that year. Not being able to entirely walk away from what he loved, Bob served as a Senior Consultant until 2019. In 2019, Bob joined American Efficiency Services and served as their Senior Consultant until his passing.

Throughout his career, Bob earned several patents for his innovative designs and methodologies underscoring his status as a true trailblazer in his field. Bob’s career highlights include his development of the Cradle-Lock® Anti-Vibration Stake, a patented innovation that revolutionized tube vibration resolution in condenser design and the S-Flex® and S-FlexII® expansion joints. His commitment to quality assurance and improvement processes set new standards in the industry, evident in his numerous publications and presentations at prestigious conferences such as ASME and EPRI.

Bob’s passion for advancing condenser technology was matched only by his generosity in sharing his knowledge and mentoring countless professionals in the industry. His legacy will continue to inspire and influence future generations of engineers and innovators.

Bob’s impact on the field of steam surface condenser technology is immeasurable, and his memory will forever live on in the hearts and minds of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Bob split his time between Virginia Beach, VA and Fort Myers, FL. He enjoyed spending his free time boating, fishing, hunting and playing golf. He passed away peacefully in Florida after a long battle with multiple health issues.

Bob is survived by his wife, Carol Hahn (separated), his long time companion, Anna Borsos, his daughter, Lisa Vincent, 2 granddaughters Alexis and Carlee Vincent, brother Richard Hahn (Anne), sister Kathy Fedro (Rob), 2 nieces and 2 nephews.

A luncheon will be held at the Lexington Country Club in July for his Florida friends. A celebration of life will be held at Bob’s house in Virginia Beach in August for close friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made in Bob’s honor to the American Cancer Society or Wounded Warriors, both of which he supported.