Robert G. (Bob)


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Robert G. (Bob) Fowler

Apr 29 1930 - Dec 22 2007

Bob was born April 29, 1930, in Mart, Texas, and died December 22, 2007, at the age of 77. He served in the United States Air Force as a navigator and was a commissioned officer. Bob then attended the University of Oklahoma, graduating in 1958 with a degree in Petroleum Engineering. Bob is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bonita, daughter Becky and her husband Bob Kester, son Bob Jr. and his wife Celia and their daughter, the light of Bob’s life, his granddaughter Emma Elizabeth, all of Dallas; his sister Dorothy and her husband Jim Heflin, sister Anne and her husband Derwood Johnson, and many nieces and nephews. Bob's priorities in life were God, family, and all others, in that order. He was an ordained Deacon and was an active and faithful member of the Heights Baptist Church. Bob was an active supporter of the University of Oklahoma where he was a founding President’s Associate, a long-time member of the Oklahoma Touchdown Club and of the Sooner Club, and a member of the Advisory Board of the School of Engineering. Bob spent virtually his entire working career with Lone Star Producing Company, which later became Enserch Exploration, Inc. He held many different jobs at Enserch and was president of the Company for many years before retiring as Chairman in 1992. Enserch drilled the deepest well in the world at that time in April of 1974, reaching a total depth of 31,441 feet. Bob was particularly pleased in 1988 to be named “Roughneck of the Year” by Lone Star Steel Company, and to receive the Legends Award in 2006 from the Texas Alliance of Energy Producers. After successful diagnosis and treatment for his own normal pressure hydrocephalus (nph) in 2000, Bob became an advocate for awareness of this condition which effects many of the elderly, and is frequently misdiagnosed as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s. Bob became a spokesperson for the Codman Company, which is the Johnson & Johnson subsidiary that manufactured the shunt that Bob had implanted in 2000. He traveled all over the world speaking on behalf of Codman, and for awareness of the condition. His efforts led to Johnson & Johnson making a commercial starring Bob that ran on national TV for over one year. Bob also appeared on The Today Show (twice), CNN, 60 Minutes, and numerous local broadcasts. Bob was an avid hunter and golfer. Bob participated in the founding of two golf tournaments: (1) the Presbyterian Arthritis tournament at DAC which raised funds for arthritis research, and (2) the Red River Classic, also at DAC, which featured a shoot-out between alumni of OU and Texas before the OU-Texas football game. Bob was absolutely devoted to his family and friends. He was thrilled with his long and wonderful marriage to the love of his life, Bonita, and their children and their spouses. He felt incredibly blessed when Emma came to brighten his life immeasurably and unforgettably. She was a joy beyond comprehension and he cherished being “Papaw” to her. So Bob – aka husband, brother, brother-in-law, Dad, A-1 (short for Aged One by son, Bob), Uncle Bob, and most exalted title of all – Papaw – has left us, but he did so with the promise that we’ll all be together one day with Christ. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the charity of your choice. Memorial service to be held at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, December 27, 2007, at The Heights Baptist Church, 201 West Renner Rd., Richardson, TX 75080.
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