Robert Dean “Bob” Moomey, 71, of Westlake Village, Calif., formerly of Fremont, died unexpectedly from natural causes Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, after being rushed to a Thousand Oaks, Calif., hospital by his daughter.
He was born Nove. 17, 1936, in Chesterfield. He grew up in Fremont and was a 1955 graduate of Fremont High School. He also attended Midland College. Bob met his late wife, Sally, in Nebraska. They married, started a family and lived in the Chicago area for 35 years. The former broadcasting and renowned media and communications training expert was a resident of Westlake Village, Calif. since 2000 when he and his wife Sally moved to be closer to their daughter and grandson.
His interest in broadcast communications and the news media started in his early teens becoming a radio personality and subsequent manager at a variety of radio stations. During his broadcasting years, Bob worked both on and off the microphone in Nebraska, California, Washington, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois. His Mutual Radio Network program “On the Homefront” was heard at more than 300 stations nationwide in the early 1980s.
A long-time member of the Screen Actors Guild and American Society of Television and Radio Artists, Bob’s deep, rich voice attracted advertisers and producers who hired him to perform in a variety of television and radio commercials, and industrial films.
In the 1970s, Bob, along with a team of journalism professionals and Northwestern University professors, defined the basic concepts necessary for companies, organizations and individuals to deal with, and be treated objectively, by the news media when covering news stories. To this day, these communications guidelines are considered the most effective by many companies around the globe.
After several years as program manager for Westinghouse Broadcasting’s WIND Radio in Chicago, Bob turned his enormous talent and set up a consulting business to train and coach people in different industries. Bob Moomey Communications was formed. Bob was very proud that many of his clients had been with him for decades. Moomey was written about in publications like the Wall Street Journal, Investors Daily, the New York and trade publications.
His contributions in life involved work with nearly half of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies and extended around the world. Over the years he and his strategic partners helped prepare thousands of company CEOs and executives for national news broadcasts, executive media training, presentations, and in crisis management skills.
He enjoyed flying as a private pilot early in life and loved to attend major air shows. He was fascinated with auto racing and helped media train members of the Goodyear racing teams and airships squadron. He loved the theater and supported the passion of his wife, daughter and grandson for community theater productions in Illinois and California. His compassion and caring manner remains in the memories of friends, clients and industry colleagues as does his deep, rich voice.
Bob helped his wife deal with diabetes for more than 50 years.
Survivors include: a daughter, Kirsten, and grandson, Jonathan, of Valencia, Calif.; a brother, Richard of Haymarket, Va.; and a sister, Marian in Palo Alto, Calif.
Bob’s beloved wife and the light of his life for nearly 47 years, Sally, preceded him in death in 2006. His ashes have joined those of his wife at Valley Oaks-Griffin Memorial Park in Westlake Village, Calif.
A luncheon and memorial celebration of Bob Moomey’s life will be held Saturday, March 8, 2008, at 12:30 p.m. for family, friends and colleagues in Huntley, Ill., northwest of Chicago. For details contact Kate Williams by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to The Memorial and Honor Program of the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 1132, Fairfax, VA 22038-1132.