Robert “Bob” Allen of Houston, a 1971 graduate of SFA, passed away Oct. 20. Allen worked for 38 years at KTRK Channel 13 in Houston as a sports anchor and director. He also worked for KHOU Channel 11 for two years, serving as sports director.
Allen was the nightly pipeline to the Oilers, Astros, Rockets and other professional, college, and high school teams for hundreds of thousands of viewers on Houston’s most-watched newscasts.
He covered the glory days of the Houston Oilers when Earl Campbell was a player. He was on the air to detail the games and highlights of the Houston Astros during Nolan Ryan’s era and the Houston Rockets' two championships.
While chronicling some of the most memorable moments in Houston sports history, he also became a friend and benefactor to dozens of young people through his work with the Sunshine Kids and Special Olympics, organizations that help people confronting challenges.