Bob was chairman of ACI-NA in 1997 and spent much of the 1990s as an active member of the ACI World Board. He is one of those who can truly be called a founder of the worldwide “Voice of Airports.” It is no wonder that Ted Bushelman, the Senior Director of Communications at the airport, noted in a story (kypost.com) on Bob’s passing that calls have been coming in from all over the world.
Bob was one of the first people I met when I took this job. He started work at the airport in 1961 as a firefighter; becoming the director in the mid-1970s. He was the consumate airport professional, and knew airport operations from the ground up. He was also the kind of person who attracted little attention to himself; even though he would have been entitled given his record and longevity.
I always thought it was just great that Bob encouraged his staff and his board of directors to get so involved in ACI-NA and ACI World meetings and activities. Doing so enables you to learn from the best, while also allowing others in the industry to learn from you. The Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region was lucky to have him, and the whole area will benefit from his work for generations to come. Just as much, the global airport industry was lucky to have him too; and his legacy will live on as long as there are airports.