2018 Citizen of the Year Bob Macy
2018 Citizen of the Year Bob Macy
Those who’ve got it, don’t necessarily flaunt it. That’s certainly true of Bob Macy, Richardson’s 2018 Citizen of the Year.
“Our Citizen of the Year, to my mind, is the epitome of a public servant,” said Bill Keffler, former Richardson city manager, who announced the award of this year’s Annual Meeting. “He provides quality commitment to everything he is associated with.” Bob is known throughout Richardson for his long service to the community and support for City Council.
Since 1965, a nominating committee chaired by the previous year’s honoree has selected Richardson’s Citizen of the Year. The name is a closely guarded secret -– particularly from the recipient – until announced at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting. Watch the presentation to Bob Macy here:
A Richardson resident for more than 50 years, Bob was born in Chicago and grew up in Ohio. He earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the Ohio State University. He attended Army Engineering Officer Candidates School prior to serving in Korea alongside a jeep named “Jeannie,” after his soon-to-be bride, Jean. They married in 1953. Bob earned a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from Southern Methodist University in 1963.
He had a long career as a professional mechanical engineer and retired from Sun Oil Research Lab in Richardson. He was also involved from the start in the family business (and Richardson Chamber member) Logotology.
During his five decades in Richardson, he has served in leadership roles on numerous local boards including president of Town North HOA, Methodist Richardson Medical Center Foundation Board, co-founder of the Stephen Ministry at First United Methodist Church and a sponsor ambassador for Wildflower Festival. His daughter, Monica Scott, jokes that her birthday is during Wildflower every year, and gets no notice because of the festival. He served on the City Library Board, the City Zoning Board of Adjustment and on the Richardson City Council from 2009-2011.
When he retired from his City Council position, he referred to that role as “the ultimate volunteer job,” noting it had been a privilege to serve. He’d been to every City Council meeting for years….and if he’s not there in person, he’s watching it on TV. To the popular Richardson mantra of “rest, work, play” he proposed adding a fourth word, “care,” because “this community cares about us and the region and works to improve everything. There’s not a lemon in the bunch!” he remarked.
Bob certainly personifies the word “care.” He has invested time and energy in a long list of volunteer endeavors and involvement in the city he loves. Bob is a Leadership Richardson graduate – Class XV. He is a graduate of both the Citizens Fire Academy and Citizens Police Academy and was a member of the very first class of Richardson Cares. He’s also served in volunteer policing, as a Crime Watch coordinator and an Eisemann Center volunteer. Bob is a lay chaplain–every Monday–at Methodist Richardson Medical Center.
Now 90, Bob and Jean recently celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. They raised two daughters and have eight children and four great grandchildren.
Monica says “he’s the biggest cheerleader for the city.” Adds sister Paula Frykholm, “he’s always been a team player. He doesn’t seek glory or recognition for himself.”
“You see elements of his work in all corners of this community,” notes Bill Keffler.
Congratulations, Bob Macy. Thank you for the impact you have made for Richardson citizens in every facet of our city.