Robert Dexter Bagley (Bob), age 77, of Irving, Texas, died on March
13, 2022 after a short battle with cancer.
He was the son of Henry Dexter Bagley and Barbara Jean Harries Bagley, who pre-deceased him.
He grew up in Wethersfield, CT where he attended First Church
Congregational. In his youth, he played little league baseball and
soccer and was a lifeguard for the town of Wethersfield. Bob
graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1962, obtained his
bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1966, and received his
MBA from Rutgers University in 1967. After serving in the U.S. Army,
he went to work for Arthur Young, now Ernst & Young, as a CPA.
One of his first responsibilities at Arthur Young dealt with establishing
controls for the brand new Off Track Betting. His next career move
was to American Airlines where he would stay for thirty years until his
retirement in 2003. Bob worked in various areas of American,
including Americana Hotels, then a subsidiary of American, where he
met his wife. His last position was General Auditor for American. For
almost forty years, he served on the Supervisory Committee of
American Airlines Federal Credit Union. He also enjoyed a thirty-year
relationship with the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC) serving as
Chairman of the Audit Committee for the past ten years.
Bob enjoyed playing golf in the early years with his dad and then with
his many friends, including courses at St. Andrews, Scotland and
Pebble Beach, California. He also enjoyed traveling, especially
cruising and took many wonderful trips with his wife and friends. One
of the highlights was a transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary II. He
loved wearing a tux and a bow tie. He also had a fondness for Cape
Cod and for over thirty-five years, would travel there annually to
spend time with family and friends.
Bob is survived by his wife Carol Nan Hess, his twin sisters Susan
Saunders (Wayne), Irvington, VA, and Sally Lewis (Seth), Somers,
NY, his two nephews Kevin Lewis and Brian Lewis (Danielle) as
well as three great-nieces and one great-nephew.
A celebration of life is planned for a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Best
Friends Animal Society, or the charity of your choice.
The family would like to thank VITAS Healthcare and NolasHands for their care of Bob in his final months.