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Audio Precision Co-Founder Bob Metzler, Dead at 84

The former president of AP authored The Audio Measurement Handbook.

Beaverton, OR (August 23, 2018)—Audio Precision co-founder and former president, Bob Metzler, died at home on August 11, 2018. Along with Dr. Richard Cabot, Bruce Hofer and Robert Wright, Metzler founded Audio Precision in 1984 and served as the organization’s president until his retirement in 1999. He was 84

Born in Plymouth, IN in 1934, Metzler went to college at Manchester College in Indiana, where he met his wife, Violet, in 1953; they married in 1954. After working for various radio stations as a DJ/chief engineer, he finished his physics degree at University of Louisville and worked for General Electric before moving to Portland, OR in the early 1970s to work at Tektronix. Later he gained an MBA degree at the University of Portland.

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During his time at AP, in addition to his role as president, Metzler’s responsibilities for the new company included marketing and sales, with those duties often calling for extensive international travel. It wasn’t uncommon for him to be gone for weeks at a time, visiting numerous countries, and customers, in a single trip. He became the “face” of AP during those early years, engaging thousands of customers across the globe.

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During his time at AP, Metzler wrote numerous magazine articles and application notes, edited AP’s newsletter, Audio.TST, and, in 1993, authored the Audio Measurement Handbook.

He is survived by his wife Violet; sister Helen; children Mark, Dennis, Lucinda and Christopher; and 11 grandchildren.

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