A final tribute to Capt. Bob Bruton

DALLAS – Dallas Composite Squadron lost a dedicated and cherished member, Capt. Robert “Bob” Bruton, on February 8, 2016.

Capt. Bruton joined Civil Air Patrol in 2011 and served as the squadron Public Affairs Officer for five years before being promoted to PAO for Group III. In addition to serving as a PAO, Capt. Bruton held emergency services specialty qualifications ratings for observer and scanner.

Capt. Bob Bruton with Cadet 2nd Lt. Madison Applewhite and Cadet Staff Sgt. Andrew Applewhite at a Civil Air Patrol function in Dallas on August 31, 2015. Photo taken by 1st Lt. Blanca Applewhite)

Capt. Bob Bruton with Cadet 2nd Lt. Madison Applewhite and Cadet Staff Sgt. Andrew Applewhite at a Civil Air Patrol function in Dallas on August 31, 2015. Photo taken by 1st Lt. Blanca Applewhite)

Cadets of the squadron held Capt. Bruton in high regard because of his prior experience as a U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. and Drill Instructor, as well as having been named Outstanding Freshman Cadet in the Air Force ROTC program at Texas Christian University in 1955.

Prior to dedicating his time to CAP, Bruton had a long career as radio and television broadcast journalist.  His radio career began in 1955 as an announcer at KCNC 870 in Fort Worth, Texas, working shifts with famed country star Willie Nelson.  In 1956, he moved to KXOL 1360 and became the first permanent all night DJ in Dallas-Fort Worth.

During his tenure at KXOL, he introduced the Rock n’ Roll format to north Texas.  He had the distinction of working with famous persons such as Bob Schieffer, George Carlin, Rod Roddy and Bob Allen.

Capt. Bob Bruton poses with Bob Schieffer, CBS journalist at a function held at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on April 8, 2015. (photo taken by a family member)

Capt. Bob Bruton poses with Bob Schieffer, CBS journalist at a function held at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on April 8, 2015. (photo taken by a family member)

Bruton’s time in broadcasting included historical highs and lows.  In November 1963, he was assigned to report on President John F. Kennedy’s trip to Dallas, as well as his tragic assassination.  The following year, as operations manager of WFAA AM/FM Dallas, Bruton interviewed the Beatles during their first U.S. tour.

After his outstanding experience in radio and TV, as well as numerous telecommunications business ventures which included early activity in the innovative business of Satellite Music Network, Bob Bruton was elected to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.

As the last symbol of Capt. Bob Bruton’s dedication to Civil Air Patrol, his family requested that anyone who wished to send their sympathies in his memory were invited to make a contribution to the Dallas Composite Squadron.  The squadron is grateful for and will always remember Capt. Bob Bruton.