March 4, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Robert C. Haugh, a generous supporter of IU Athletics, passed away February 23 in Dallas, TX.
“IU and IU Athletics lost a tremendous supporter last week,” said Deputy Athletic Director Scott Dolson. “Among Robert’s many generous gifts to Indiana University was a $1.5 million gift that was used for renovations to IU’s outdoor track and field in preparation for the 1997 NCAA Championships. Robert’s gift came at just the right time and we are proud to still be competing in the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field complex, which is today among the best facilities in the country.”
“Haugh was an avid runner and it was his love of running that motivated his gift to support IU’s track and field program, added Dolson. “We mourn the loss of such a devoted member of the IU family and our thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”
Haugh was 92 years old and was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Barbara Meek Haugh, who passed away in 1999. He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Suzanne Robertson Haugh; daughters Carol Brejot, Katy Haugh and Kristy Vincent; son-in-laws John Brejot and Victor Vincent; stepson Richard Robertson; and seven grandchildren.
Haugh was born in Hammond, Ind., and grew up in East Chicago, Ind. He enrolled at Indiana University in 1939, but left in December 1941 to serve in World War II. He returned to I.U. to resume his studies in 1946, graduating with a B.S. in history in 1948. He married Barbara Meek, also an Indiana University graduate in October 1949.
Haugh’s career began at U.S. Gypsum in Indianapolis, and in 1952 he joined New Castle Products. In 1967, he became the Vice President of Operations with Overhead Door Corp. in Dallas, where he eventually rose to President, CEO and Director. During his tenure, ODC grew from a private company of $39 million in sales to a New York Stock Exchange firm with sales of $400 million. Bob retired in 1990 after 20 years as CEO.
Among his many awards and recognitions, Indiana University honored Haugh with a Distinguished Alumni Service Award in 1998.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Baylor Health System.