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August 6, 2000....


Robert Rhode passes

taken from U.S. and International Archer magazine

written by David Rhode


Bob Rhode loved every part of archery - the sport, the industry, its history, and the people involved. He was a great and very competitive archer who came into prominence in 1954 when he became the first archer in history to win both the U.S. Target and National Field Championships in the same year. Bob went on to become the uncontested archer of the year. In 1955 he attended the World Archery championships in Helsinki, Finland where he finished with the silver medal, after losing to the Swedish champion. In 1957 he was the National Field Archery Association Free-Style champion, and in 1959 the International Field champion. During the next ten years he was always one of the top ten archers in every competition he entered. Bob first began competing with a recurve, then took up shooting with a compound, and also competed in flight shooting. Bob received many awards, but among his most cherished, were the N.F.A.A. Compton Medal of Honor and the NAA Thompson Medal of Honor. He was also one of the original inductees of the Archery Hall of Fame

Bob's career in archery began with the Ben Pearson Archery Co. Later he worked with American Archery, Bear Archery, P.S.E., and Hoyt USA where he retired as their senior Vice President. Bob was one of the founders of the Professional Archers Association, and was a lifetime member of the National Archery Association and the National Field archery Association. He was also known as an experienced tournament director and officiated at the first indoor professional tournament held at Cobo Hall in Detroit.

Bob became archery's historian by taking on the task of gathering 150 years worth of historical information and photographs about the sport. He compiled and published over six volumes on the history of FIT A, the NAA, and the NFAA along with three volumes titled "Archery Champions."

Without any doubt, Joe Johnston says it best, "Bob will be out there waiting for us, bow in one hand and the other stretched out to bring us home."


August 6, 2000....

 Frank H. Scott Gone at 79

   Archery Business Magazine - January/February 2001  


End of an Era?


With Fred Bear’s passing 1988 certainly bringing an end of an era, some more recent news may have set it in stone.  Fran H. Scott, Fred Bear’s first employee and director of the Fred Bear Museum, died unexpectedly Nov. 4.  He was 79.  Scott, a member of the archery Hall of Fame and Michigan Bowhunters Hall of Fame, was an avid bowhunter up until his death.  He was especially fond of bowhunting black bears in Nova Scotia.  Born in Ekin, Indiana, Scott left his family business, “The Shooting Mansfield,” – a circus/county fair/vaudeville act – to help Bear with his archery shooting demonstrations. Scott’s latter years were dedicated to developing and promoting the Gainesville, Florida-based Fred Bear Museum for a growing archery public.  Realizing that there was no archery pro shop within 25 miles, he and the Bear management team redeveloped the Museum pro shop.  Selling a full mark-up to avoid any hint of underselling its dealer net-work, Scott built the pro shop into one of Bear’s largest dealerships.

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