Robert E. Short Dead at 95

Robert E. Short
Former Procter & Gamble Productions executive Robert Earl Short passed away peacefully at his home on July 25. He was 95.

Known professionally as Robert E. Short and by friends as "Bob", he served in the U.S Army Signal Corps Photographic Service in the European and Pacific theaters during WWII. After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Cornell University in 1949, he joined Procter & Gamble Productions and began a distinguished 34 year career.

During Short's tenure the Company developed many outstanding series which have become television classics: the original Dick Van Dyke Show, The Rifleman, The Rebel, and Car 54, Where Are You?

In Daytime, under his leadership, P&G became one of the world's largest suppliers of television entertainment with shows such as Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light, As the World Turns, The Edge of Night, Another World, Texas, Somerset and From These Roots.

Short's vision, talent, judgment and taste were recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1983 with an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement for "distinguished service to television and the public this medium serves."

Short is survived by his wife Linda, his children Maralyn, David and Austin, grandchildren Kevin Feige (president of Marvel Studios), Lauren Keskinel, Alan, Robin and Tommy Short, Andrew and Jen Short and great grandchildren Ella, Erik, Ali and Leyla.

The family will have a celebration of his life at a later date.

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