SMU remembers legendary producer and alumnus Bob Banner

The 1943 SMU alumnus produced "Candid Camera" and "The Carol Burnett Show," among many others.

By Nancy George
SMU News

TV producer and SMU Visiting Professor Bob Banner '43DALLAS (SMU) — Emmy Award-winning producer Bob Banner died June 16 at the age of 89 in Woodland Hills, California.

The television producer graduated from SMU in 1943 with a business degree and remained loyal to SMU throughout his career. He returned to campus in 1979-80 to serve as the Meadows Distinguished Visiting Professor of Broadcast Film and continued to visit regularly to speak to students, including serving as consultant from 2001-2003 to the cinema-television department at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. He received SMU’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1959.
“Bob Banner is an SMU icon,” said Marshall Terry, SMU professor emeritus of English and author of the SMU history From High on the Hilltop, when he introduced Banner at a 2007 lecture for the Friends of the SMU Libraries at Royal Oaks Country Club in Dallas. “Bob is one of the most creative persons to attend SMU.”

Banner on video — Bob Banner reminisces about his career as producer of television shows such as “The Carol Burnett Show,” “The Garry Moore Show” and “Candid Camera.” Video

SMU Channel 19 on Park Cities Charter Cable will remember Bob’s contributions to SMU and to the TV industry in a special rebroadcast of his one-hour interview for the SMU Video Archive Series at 7 p.m. and 8:03 p.m. June 16, 2011.

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