Epicomm Mourns the Passing of Bob Royall
Epicomm regrets to inform its members of the passing of Robert “Bob” Royall, Founder and President Emeritus of BEB-Business Extension Bureau, Houston, Texas, and a Founder of Epicomm Southwest Chapter predecessor MASA-SW. Mr. Royall died on Nov. 26 at the age of 87.
Bob was hired by San Francisco-based BEB in 1952 to run the Sales Department in Houston. He was 23 years old and fresh out of business school at the University of North Texas. In 1959, he bought the business with partner James Tardy. As majority stockholder, Bob served as Chief Executive Officer of Business Extension Bureau, and, most recently, as its President Emeritus. His son Ron currently serves as Chief Executive Officer & President of the company, and his son Ro as Executive Vice President.
Bob served on the Board of Directors of MASA-SW for decades and as its President in 1972. He was also active with Printing Industries of the Gulf Coast, the Houston Rotary Club, and many other industry and community outreach organizations. He received the prestigious Helsley Award for Lifetime Achievement within the direct marketing industry in 2001.
Bob is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ann; sons Rob, Ron, and Ro; daughter-in-law Sharon, and four grandchildren. Visitation is from noon-2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6, at George Lewis Funeral Home, 1010 Bering Drive, Houston. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 7, at Berachah Church in Houston. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to R.B. Thieme, Jr., Bible Ministries and/or the American Heart Association.