Bob McCubbin 1937-2020
Robert G. "Bob" McCubbin passed away, peacefully in his sleep, Thursday morning, April 9, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the age of 83. Bob was the founding president of Wild West History Association and known world-wide for his two important collections: photographs of Wild West and frontier characters, and his one-of-a-kind collection of first edition books and pamphlets. Born February 17, 1937 in Stillwater, Oklahoma, he was the father of four children, Cody, Julie, Tacey, and Bobby, and several grandchildren. He is also survived by a dear brother, Don and wife Mary Ann, and their daughter, Cheryl.
Due to the current situation with COVID 19, no funeral service will be held at this time. A memorial service will be conducted in Lincoln, New Mexico at the first opportunity. Long-time friend, Roy B. Young, will deliver the eulogy. Further notice of arrangements will be announced as soon as they are known.
Taken from the wildwesthistory.org Board of Directors page.
Past WWHA President Robert McCubbin, Santa Fe, NM
Born and raised in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Bob became interested in the outlaws and lawmen of the West when he was a teenager. He read every book he could get his hands on and wrote every author whose address he could find. (There was no Internet then.)
Graduating in engineering from Oklahoma State University, he worked for El Paso Natural Gas Company for thirty six years. His work took him frequently all across the West, as well as to Algeria for two years. He served as Chairman of the Operating Section of the Pacific Coast Gas Association. During that time he also produced (with help from two wives) four children, who themselves have now produced six (plus one on the way) grandchildren for him. He retired from EPNG in 1999 as Vice President of Operations and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
His interest in the Wild West has never waned. His addiction to collecting books and original photos on the subject has lasted over fifty five years. He and his collections have been featured in Cowboys & Indians, Fine Books & Collections, Wild West, and True West magazines. His photos can be found in many books and they have been used in several documentary TV programs and movie DVDs. Bob has contributed Introductions and Forewords to several books, the earliest in the 1961 edition of John Wesley Hardin's autobiography and the latest being Lee Silva's second volume of "Wyatt Earp; A Biography of a Legend" and Howard Bryan's "Santa Fe Tales & More".
In 1999 Bob and two friends purchased True West magazine and he served as Publisher for seven years. Now retired from the magazine, he is now designated as "Publisher Emeritus". He has served on the Advisory Board of the Buffalo Bill Historical Center McCracken Research Library for five years. A long time member of NOLA and WOLA, Bob has received the Lifetime Achievement award from WOLA and the Best Magazine Article award from NOLA. He participated in the investigation of the possibility of merging WOLA and NOLA and took part in the initial planning of WWHA, serving as president of the new organization for it's first three years. He is co-author of a book with Michael Wallis titled "The Wild West" in Abrams Publisher's 365 series.