Electro-acoustics specialist Audio Precision (AP) has announced the passing of its co-founder and former president Bob Metzler, aged 84.
Metzler founded AP in 1984 alongside Dr Richard Cabot, Bruce Hofer and Robert Wright. He served as the organisation’s president until his retirement in 1999 and was the face of the company in its early days, taking up marketing and sales duties as well as travelling internationally to engage with customers.
His legacy includes authoring the Audio Measurement Handbook in 1993, which was widely read throughout the audio community and was used as a text in university-level courses. Metzler also wrote numerous magazine articles and application notes, edited AP’s newsletter, Audio.TST, and conducted seminars and training sessions.
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Physics (University of Louisville) and his Master of Business Administration (University of Portland), as well as fulfilling roles as diverse as marketing manager, radio broadcast station engineer, and development engineer for telemetry, display systems, antenna design, meteorological instrumentation and mobile radio. He was a licensed amateur radio operator and an accomplished photographer.
An AP statement reads: “Bob was a respected colleague and leader, appreciated for his dry sense of humour and his ability to be direct but tactful. He was a husband and father of four. And he is missed.”