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Eli Brookner, 90, a Lexington resident since 1962 and Principal Engineering Fellow for Raytheon, died at Emerson Hospital in Concord on November 29, 2021. He was the husband of the late Ethel (Bobick) Brookner.


He was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 2, 1931, as the son of the late Angel and Fanny Brookner. He was a graduate of Stuyvesant High School in New York City, and went on to attend City College where he met his future wife. Later, he earned his PhD from Columbia University.


With a career spanning more than half a century at Raytheon as a Radar Engineer, he played a major role in the development of radar and phased array radar systems. He is recognized as a leader and advisor for over twenty leading radar programs for civil and defense applications. A life member of IEEE, he received the Dennis J. Picard Medal, Warren White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering, as well as IEEE Centennial and Millennium medals. A renowned international lecturer and published author, his teachings have educated thousands of radar engineers worldwide.


An extensive traveler, he has lectured in and visited 22 countries in every continent but the Antarctic. He will also be remembered as a passionate ballroom dancer up until his passing.


He leaves behind two sons, Lawrence Brookner of Paris, along with his wife Vera, Richard Brookner of Sunnyvale, CA, one grandson, Daniel Brookner, a nephew, Jonathan Liebowitz, and a sister-in-law, Anita Raynes.


In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 3 Speen Street, Framingham, MA 01701 (