Bair, Robert

Robert G. Bair, Jr.

November 21, 1951 - December 4, 2021

Robert Gail Bair, Jr., passed away December 4, 2021. Robert was born November 21, 1951 in Kansas City, Kansas. He graduated from the University of Houston Central campus with a degree in Communications. He held various jobs in the business world but most of his years were spent as a recruiter for tech and other types of companies, including being a recruiter at Microsoft. This work led to volunteer opportunities with a local church, where he volunteered at night with a group called Job Net. He helped people find jobs and gave them opportunities and resources to help themselves. He attained his Eagle Scout rank and was involved in leadership in scout troops. ROBERT LOVED HELPING PEOPLE. He had a passion for the outdoors including hiking and rock climbing. Robert was also adept at understanding health and nutrition supplements often providing advice and counseling to others regarding that, so they could feel their best. For years he had a golden retriever named Bentley that was constantly at his side and was a big part of his family. He truly loved dogs but would feed and care for any animal he saw in need. Robert had minored in French in college, and in 1974 traveled widely throughout Europe for months before ending up in Australia where his family had relocated. Robert had a strong Christian faith and often studied the deep meaning of various scriptures. He attended many churches depending on where he lived. While in California, he volunteered daily with the Salvation Army. He loved helping the homeless. He most recently attended Cottonwood Creek Baptist Church. Robert helped his sister Susan, to care for their parents in their home, until their passing.

Robert is survived by his siblings, Sister, Susan M. Carothers of Lake Texoma, Texas; Brother, Ronald L. Bair of Montgomery, TX; nieces and nephews, Brandon J. Carothers of Melissa, Texas, Laura Sweatt of Spring, Texas, Emily Simmons of the Woodlands, Texas, Ronald L Bair, Jr. of Livermore, California, Justin Bair of Houston, Texas; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

He was preceded in death by his mom, Ethel M. Bair, and father, Robert G. Bair, of McKinney, Texas.

Services will be held at the Cottonwood Creek Chapel in Allen, Texas at 11 AM on December 11, 2021. Interment will be at Ridgeview Memorial Park in Allen, Texas. In lieu of flowers, the family would ask that donations be made in Robert’s name to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation. Also, there will be a GoFundMe page, set up as well, to help cover funeral costs in Robert’s name.

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Robert was a natural pioneer and explorer of new frontiers in science, nature, and technology. For example, in science/technology - Robert was a contributing writer/editor for the North Texas Technology Council on "Emerging Technology Frontier Careers" publications with key technologies covered in Pharma, Healthcare, and biotechnology research/development in the 90s to early mid 2000. In fact, due to his expertise in interviewing experts, analyzing upcoming market trends, and facilitating new business networks - this included something with pioneering spirit in to the amazing world of NANO Technology research/development with applications for diverse industries. Robert enjoyed being first in the new frontiers. In the world of exploration and discovery of nature - Robert was very interesting in his pursuit of rock/mountain climbing in many different habitats and with his interest in both nature and science - he developed an interesting discovery of ecotourism market models in countries of interest. Robert took a business trip to Australia to attend meetings and conferences related to ecotourism and ventured on trek within Australia for the rough - to document thru video the potentials for venture travel and ecotourism. In fact, I recall Robert was interviewed on a local news program in Dallas of his findings and potential opportunities for this new market. In business, Robert enjoyed learning thru discovery and exploration of how companies hire and build organizations to drive business performance. Robert's inspiration was his father who was a senior executive in industry human resources. Robert consulted with technology and engineering driven companies on best practices for talent acquisition in scarce market pools. Robert was an executive search recruiter developing a practice of Fortune 1000 clients in Texas that were senior executives in finance, operations, engineering, technology, and IT building their 1st and 2nd level teams. Also Robert was one of the first major players for taking on campaign based PROJECT based work as an onsite consultant working with Directors and Vice Presidents of business divisions/organizations to build teams thru cost effective and quality based hiring practices. Robert consulted with over a dozen Fortune500 clients on a multi-quarter and multi-year project basis that included Perot Systems, Texas Instruments, American Airlines, Microsoft, T-Mobile, and many others. Robert being the explorer conducted his discovery with people of all kinds from executive clients to candidates - with a sense of candor, unassuming can-do attitude, and instilled a strong confidence for success and great outcomes. He was a natural coach and trainer with his clients helping them stretch and take the next step up to journey forward in their pursuits. His approach and method were more based upon intuition and instinct to drive trust and remove the fears/concern from people. I have personally seen Robert make it all look easy in business and life. I often told him he was a natural competitor and fighter for cause of good to happen. He just did not want to help people - he wanted people to win and be their best selves. He was a great coach, trainer, and manager. For some fortunate people - he was their salvation thru business turnaround and execution of new plans for success. I will remember Robert as that frontier explorer to seek out new adventures where ever they take him. His ventures in life and profession were varied and wide - because this was his nature to know and learn more in many facets. And when this happened he believed in the "pay it forward" belief to share his good fortune of lessons learned. Robert left us too soon because he still was excited about his next adventure in world of science, nature, business, and technology and I was looking forward to seeing what was in store next for him. Michael Hohner, December 9, 2021 Susan and Family: My deepest sympathies on the passing of Robert. I know he was a special man who was loved by all. May Jesus wrap you in His arms and give you peace and comfort. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Cathy Earles, December 8, 2021