Robert F. Dallmeyer
1938 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Robert F. Dallmeyer, 76, passed away in his Los Angeles, Calif. home, on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, after a three month bout with throat cancer. Born in Pittsfield, to Frederick and Madeline Dallmeyer, he graduated from UMASS Amherst in 1955. He leaves behind his loving husband, John Vannucci; two daughters, Kimberly and her husband, Jon, of Nashua, N.H., and Kristen and her husband, Amer, of Southport, Conn.; his biggest source of pride, his five grandchildren, Benjamin and Julienne Kapelson, and Rakan, Ramzi, and Rashad Nimr, and countless extended family and friends that span across the globe. Bob was President of RD International, a global exhibition management company, for the past 30 years. Through his 51-year career in the trade show industry, he ran some of the most prestigious trade show events in the world and became a beloved mentor and icon. His professional life culminated with his induction into the Convention Industry Council's Hall of Leaders, the International Association of Exhibitions and Events' (IAEE) Pinnacle Award, and Trade Show Executive's Legend and Leader Award. He was energized by every moment of life, every person he met, and lived life to the fullest. He was a true inspiration to all who came in contact with him. Beyond that, he was a poet, mentor, teacher, speaker, world traveler, radio show host, published author, activist, and friend. One of his great passions was serving the LGBTQ community throughout the country, most recently, in LA, through The Lavender Effect and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. A "Celebration of Life" memorial will be held in his honor this summer. The family has asked, in lieu of flowers or cards, that any donations be sent to the IAEE education fund, set up in his honor, Bob Dallmeyer Education Fund, 12700 Park Central Drive, Suite 308, Dallas, TX 75251, The Lavender Effect, or the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center. To make a contribution by credit card, call (972) 687-9203.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Feb. 14, 2014