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Dr. Robert John "Bob" OLNEY


1946 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Dr.  Robert John "Bob" OLNEY Obituary
OLNEY, Dr. Robert John "Bob"

Dr. Robert John (Bob) Olney died January 29, 2014, after a 13-month battle with cancer. He retired in 2009 after a long, happy and successful career as Professor and Associate Dean in the McCoy School of Business at Texas State University.

Bob earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma and fully enjoyed being a Sooner in Longhorn land. Even more than that, Texas State, the School of Business, his colleagues, and his students were of great importance to him and gave him pleasure. Prior to his tenure at Texas State, he enjoyed two years as Assistant Professor at California State University, Northridge. While at Texas State, he received several awards, including the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Association of Business Communication-Southwest Outstanding Teacher Award, and the School of Business Advisory Council Teaching Award. He served on many committees at the university but was especially pleased to be a part of the Diversity Task Force. He was a key player in overseeing the construction of the new McCoy College of Business building and was proud of that effort and the resulting beautiful building. He served several years on the McCoy Foundation Board.

Bob was born in 1946 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, to Fred and LaVerne Olney. He lived in Siloam Springs through elementary, high school, and his undergraduate years at John Brown University. He earned his master's degree at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Tahlequah and taught at the high school level in Waggoner, Oklahoma, before beginning his Ph.D. at O.U.

Bob loved his family and friends dearly. He was preceded in death by his mother and father. He is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Sharon Olney of Dripping Springs; his sister Rosann Crowder of Siloam Springs; nieces and nephews Tina Olney, Sheila Olney Reader, Tim Crowder and wife Cindy, Rebeckah Crowder Arnold and husband Eric, and Scott Crowder and wife Amanda, as well as great nieces and nephews Jacob, Maddie, Owen, Dutch, Soli, Cassandra, Alexia, Canaan, Elijah, and Baylee and great-great nephew Sawyer.

Bob will be missed by those who had the opportunity to know him.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Feb. 2 to Feb. 3, 2014
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