Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman dead at 77
January 19, 2012
Fremont Mayor Bob Wasserman was pronounced dead on Thursday, Dec. 29 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center. Mayor Wasserman died at the age of 77 due to a pulmonary heart disease.
Wasserman had served on the City Council for 20 years and was the mayor since 2004. Before he served for the council, Wasserman had a career in law enforcement and was appointed to be Fremont’s chief of police from 1976 to 1991. As senior Ruby Miu said “it was extremely upsetting but he left behind a legacy and also served as an example, to which our next mayors should serve.” Wasserman was an Army veteran who served in the military during the Korean War. He was also in charge of the incident where Solyndra, the solar panel producer, shut down. Senior Tamsin Kennedy said “I know he’s been involved in our city for a long time, and was an integral part of our city government, so it’ll be interesting to see who steps up and what will change.”
A few hours after his death, the City of Fremont issued a statement which declared that vice mayor, Anu Natarajan would temporarily assume mayoral duties. Natarajan has been living in Fremont for the past 14 years and was appointed a council seat in 2004. As senior Ira Horecka put it, “the death was definitely tragic yet I do not believe it will cause much of a change in the governing of Fremont.”
Wasserman is survived by his wife, Linda, and their son Dan and daughter Jill. The funeral, although, is still pending.