Robert Glenn Halle
July 21, 1951 - December 5, 2013
Robert Glenn Halle died peacefully on Thursday, December 5th, 2013. He was 62. Robert Halle was born in Watertown, Wisconsin to Roberta and Vernon Halle on July 21st, 1951. He was the youngest child of three. He is survived by his sister Jean Walia, daughter Bevin Murphy, niece Melissa Kraus, a loving extended family and many dear friends whom Rob thought of as family.
Raised in McFarland, Wisconsin, Rob studied at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he established a foundational knowledge in theater and lighting that would launch a lengthy and successful career in technical lighting. His many passions included travel, history, theater, lighting and the Green Bay Packers.
He went on to live a life filled with adventure and love. Moving to Los Angeles, California in 1971 to pursue theater, he began working for Rosco Lighting. This career turn led him to settle in New York City in 1977 where he continued his career in technical lighting, and in 1989 he created his own company, RGH Lighting. RGH Lighting went on to revolutionize the fashion and still photography world by introducing equipment that had long been considered "only for the film industry." As the company worked extensively within the photography industry, Rob's influence was felt by all those around him, both professionally and personally, through his mentorship and kindness.
In 1989, Rob married Bethany Catton and became a stepfather to daughter Bevin. Rob was a loving, extremely involved parent who constantly pushed for the best. He and his family began to travel, circling the globe on many trips, bringing home memories and stories for all to enjoy.
Rob was a man of deep kindness, compassion and a friend to all. He left an indelible mark on those around him, inspiring people to "pay it forward." He taught generosity, hard work, love and acceptance by example and kind words. He instilled adventure and respect for the world to all those he touched.
Upon his retirement from RGH Lighting in 2008, Rob retired to Arizona. He spent most of his time plotting and then going on extended trips around the world. His travelogues, illustrated by his insightful photography, were a magic carpet by which his many friends back home experienced the world through his eyes. Upon his return from his most recent trip to the Middle East and Ethiopia, Rob wrote, "Travel requires turning new corners, meeting new people, seeing the world through other people's eyes. By seeking new perspectives, I better understand where my own feet touch the ground… Travel expands your life. Book a trip, then go. Already plotting a new adventure. The world is a fascinating place."
Rob will be profoundly missed. A memorial service will be held in New York, New York. In
lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Rob's name to the Tierra Madre Horse Sanctuary,http://www.tierramadrehorsesanctuary.org