Robert Olin Magruder
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MAGRUDER, Robert Olin Robert Olin Magruder Bob to his friends exited the stage January 2, aged 82. Born in Houston, he graduated University of Houston and served as an officer in the Navy during the Korean War. After writing for Armed Forces Radio, Bob established himself in the broadcast realm, as an on-air announcer, station manager and station owner. Mid-career, he quit the corporate world for full time acting and freelance voice announcing. He performed in feature films, national television, commercials, industrial films and was the long time narrator for the syndicated TV series "Cheaters." He also starred in a number of local theatre productions including the Alley Theatre in Houston, and locally, Dallas Repertory Theatre and Theatre Three. Bob was generous, funny, creative, loving and working right up to his last, brief illness - because it was more fun than sitting around in retirement. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Patsy; sister Verneita; brother-in-law Chalong; children Larry, Melonie and Cathleen; daughter-in-law Diane; grandchildren Robert, Christian, Tiffany, Chantilly, Dutch, Amanda and Diego; and friends and colleagues too numerous to mention. A Celebration of his Life is pending.




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Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 7 to Jan. 9, 2015.
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May 31, 2015
May you narrate in heaven and rest in peace.
Michelle
April 13, 2015
I will really miss Bob..I did a project with him becauser gther VO I used wad out of town that was 1980 from then on Bob was the only Voice Talent I would use. June 2014 would be our last time. He was the Best.
Tim Malone
February 16, 2015
I had lunch with MaGru in October, not knowing of course, that it would be the last time. He was a teacher, mentor and friend.
Bill Pryce
February 13, 2015
As a young producer of videos, I hired Bob -- a LOT. No voice compared. I'll always have the fond memories of Bob driving up in his green jaguar, doing the job EXPERTLY and back out the door in just minutes flat. Thanks for the memories, Bob!
Joe Wilson
January 30, 2015
Our Radio Theater Promo
I miss you Bob. Our chats, on the telephone starting with "Turning comma Barbara." Ending with a scheduled "Friend-of-Bob-get together time" ending with how Charlize would just have to wait. I feel guilty that I wasn't there for you at your exit.
barbara turning
January 29, 2015
awww Isn't it sad to lose good friends. Bob and Patsy were such a large part or our younger years in radio and TV in Houston. We will so miss him - he was always so upbeat and happy. We will miss you Robert O- love Don U Marianne Leblanc
January 23, 2015
I will miss you, Bob Magruder! I will miss hearing you call me, "Kerry Co-lay"!
Kerry Cole
January 23, 2015
I will miss Bob...and always remember our days with Gordon McClendon's KLBS (now KILT) in Houston and with the Turrentine family...when we were both at the University of Houston.
Peter Flynn
January 14, 2015
Having recorded Bob for many radio and TV spots as well as long industrial narrations I can say that he was unmatched for his professionalism. Bob put everything he had into whatever he was doing whether it was reading a radio spot, narrating a long boring training manual, playing tennis, watching basketball, teaching a class, acting in a play or pulling a prank. He gave the task at hand 100% of himself. Bob was a true friend who will be missed by all who knew him well. RIP
Dave Scott
January 11, 2015
Why did you leave us, Bob? None of us were ready. I miss you so. Thank you, For everything.

Xoxo
Katy
Katy Jackson
January 11, 2015
Dear Bob,
Your friendship meant so much and your spirit soars.Love Tom
Tom Metcalfe
January 11, 2015
what a great friend and colleague i have lost. bob was a gem of a human being; so sad he is not with us any longer. i will always remember and miss him and remain grateful for our close to 20 year collaboration. bg
bobby goldstein
January 11, 2015
Oh, Bob, see how treasured you are! How much you are missed! I remember those long ago ensemble sessions and what fun they were....or how serious. But always joy. The tribute I wrote Attacks of Hearts, the day I heard the news, got lots of "likes", meaning of course, so, so many were devastated. We still are. You go with us to every session, all you were to us. Thanks, Bob.
January 10, 2015
Bob in Session-Radio Theater
BK Turning
January 9, 2015
What a great big heart this dear friend of mine had, and I will miss him--especially our phone calls where we quizzed each other on movie trivia. RIP, Bob, I'll never forget you.
January 9, 2015
Such a consummate professional - altho it was years ago, it was always a pleasure to work with Bob. My condolences to family and friends... He will be missed!
Jane Norman Didear
January 9, 2015
Bob was one of my best friends at UofH and fellow co-worker at KODA. I am saddened by this loss.
Don LeBlanc
January 8, 2015
This friend of mine...with a unique humor, positive and forward thinking, remains a powerful force in my life. With deep gratitude, I appreciate how he shared insights and gave of his perspective, time and talent.
Barbara Turning
January 8, 2015
Bob was a true joy and gentleman. It was a pleasure and privilege to work with him. He had a unique ability to combine professionalism, knowledge, humor and calmness into any meeting.
He had many gifts that he shared generously. He is missed...but Heaven just got brighter!
TJ Jones
January 8, 2015
Bob was as close as family to me for decades. He and Patsy were the best neighbors and most wonderful friends imaginable. I loved hearing his voice everywhere I went...the Smithsonian, Tom Thumb, calling Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, etc.....and during the political election season ? ...there was no finer voice on the air. He was a fabulous father, husband and grandfather....and a great friend. No matter how long it was between visits, you were welcomed as if he'd been sitting there just waiting for you all that time! I miss him already, and send my deepest condolences to all the family.
Barb Hegel
January 8, 2015
Been many years since I have seen him, but I will never forget him.
Kevin McCaslan
January 7, 2015
Bob...I'm fortunate to have known you for even a brief time and I will remember your kindness and fun loving spirit for my entire lifetime!
Love and peace to your family.
Yaz Manley
January 7, 2015
Nothing but fond memories and positive feelings for Bob. A true gentleman and a real professional.
Bob Dauber
January 7, 2015
Like many voice actors some of my first work, and for many years to come, was with Bob Magruder. That was when voice performers actually recorded in ensemble in a studio, almost a rarity now. It was in those sessions that I learned a lot from Bob. We all did. He was generous with his knowledge, sometimes gently suggesting a different interpretation of a line. Invariably, Bob's way was better! For all of his great success, Bob was never a braggart. He was, as many will attest, a true gentleman, and exuded a professionalism sometimes hard to come by these days. “Magru” was a friend to many, and will be missed by all. If there is a recording booth in the sky, Bob, and his (and our) good friend and colleague Jerry Houston, are recording “one more take, just for safety.”
Ric Spiegel
January 7, 2015
To Bob's family & many friends...

After college and KODA in Houston, as classmates, FM radio pioneers and neighbors in the late 50s and 60s, I will always remember Bob as creative and a wonderful person to partner with. Just sorry that I have been out of touch since the 80s but fond memories will last forever!
God bless all of you, Lynn Christian
January 7, 2015
You will be greatly missed my friend. May God be with you and your family.

Jim Meara
Dallas, TX
Jim Meara
January 7, 2015
For 60 years, my friend and "pied a terre" (Foot on the ground) Bob was the only constant in my life. A true gentleman, fellow Officer and to paraphrase Bob, his skill, Alacrity and coprehension were exceeded only by his good looks and wonderful personality. Carlos
Carlos Ygartua
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