Left: Alan Haller, Executive Director Middle: Robert Cantrell, Honorary Member Right: Cheryl Gilliam, Former Club President
Robert Cantrell graduated from MSU in 1962 with a degree in Financial Administration. He was the Senior Class President and was also a member of Excalibur, the Spartan Roundtable, and a Distinguished Military Graduate where he served as an infantry officer in the United States Army. He also served two years in the National Guard.
After retiring from IBM in 1992, he worked for Siemens, which is a company based out of Germany. His forty years were spent in marketing and sales within both companies. After the events of September 11, 2001, triggered by plans for needed improvement, he did Internet Communication Systems consultant work for the Department of Justice in Washington DC.
Also in 2011, he was an Executive Producer for the film, “Freaky Deaky”, based on a book by iconic Michigan author, Elmore Leonard. The movie employed 235 workers over seven weeks with filming on location in Southeast Michigan. The film crew included several interns from the MSU College of Communication Arts. This was followed with a new mobile app taken from the film called “Freaky Deaky Flashback,” which the principal developer was the MSU GEL (gaming, entertainment, and learning) lab.
Robert’s youngest son, Dan, was a member of the MSU Football team from 1991-1995. Robert joined the Downtown Coaches Club and served as President of the Club in 2008. In 2007, he chaired the recognition of the 60th anniversary. He is also a member of the Rebounders Club. You may have seen him driving his 1929 Ford Model A Roadster in the Homecoming Parade or at the Pentwater MSU Kick-off Tailgate and Parade.
He has worked with former players, Dean Look and Bobby Popp with the 1957 Football National Championship team and Tom Rand from the 1957 Basketball Final Four team. Special recognition of this accomplishment in 1957 is being recognized this weekend.