At the Corbin-Harrison-Sanders Reunion on 19 May 1940 at Grapevine Springs Park, Tarrant County, Texas. When he was almost age 10, Bob fell into the creek that had a dam built across it where it ran through the park. He could not swim, but was pulled to safety by his second cousins, James and Dick Adkins. After that misfortune, he developed a bad fear of having his face and head submerged in the water and as a result never learned to swim.
Bob attended Carroll M Peak Elementary, Ernest Parker Junior High, and Robert Lee Paschal High schools in Fort Worth. He delivered both the morning and evening Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper until the summer of 1946. During the last two years of his high school education, he was enrolled in the Distributive Education program working in the afternoons and on Saturday for the Monnig Dry Goods Company ("The Friendly Store"). This department store was located on the block bounded by Houston St, Fifth St, Throckmorton St, and Fourth St in downtown Fort Worth. He was named as an outstanding student at R L Paschal in Distributive Education by the Fort Worth Sales Executive Club for the 1947-48 school year. Bob graduated cum laude from R L Paschal in May, 1948 and then attended Rice University in Houston, Texas.
After leaving college in 1950, Bob was employed by Texas Electric Service Company in Fort Worth (now a part of TU Electric). He worked at the North Main Plant before enlisting in the U S Air Force in late 1950 just before being drafted during the Korean conflict. He was discharged in April, 1951 and went back to work for TESCO in the Fort Worth distribution department. He was transferred to the Arlington District in 1955 and transferred again in 1958 to the GO Engineering department. There he worked with Gilbert Paul Rhoten in the design and development of computer applications for solving Electric Distribution Engineering problems.
After interviewing with several major companies including IBM and XEROX, Bob took the position of Programming Manager for the Dallas County Auditor in 1966. The family moved to Dallas in the summer of 1966. He left Dallas County in 1968 to form a partnership with John P Carter. This partnership designed and developed computer systems for city and county governments. Their systems included Instrument Indexing and Voter Registration for Tarrant County; Instrument Indexing, Auto License Registration, Property Tax Accounting, and Voter Registration for Gregg County; and Property Tax Accounting and Voter Registration for Smith County. The assets of the partnership were acquired by University Computing Company (UCC) in 1969.
TRES Computer Systems, Inc., a national consulting firm, sought Bob out in the fall of 1969 due to his electric utility background and experience. He agreed to become the Engineering Applications Manager. While there he served as Project Director for the simultaneous joint development of three major systems for Gulf States Utilities, and the development of a Plant Accounting (Fixed Assets) system for Philadelphia Electric Company. During his tenure at TRES he served as Marketing Vice President, Administrative Vice President, and as a company Director.
In late 1973, after being approached by some of his old clients from the partnership, Bob formed The Branham Company to serve city and county governments once more. This company was dissolved in early 1982 and Bob declared personal bankruptcy at the same time as the result of losing a civil lawsuit by TRES. A new corporation, IBC Systems Corporation, was formed in September, 1982, by the other members of Bob's family. He worked for this new corporation as an independent contractor until the corporation was dissolved in 2012.
At that time, Bob started The Branham Company again, This time he was the sole owner selling handmade crafts that he produced under the trade name "Dollhouses, Quilts and More...".
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