Bob Maker is a native of Framingham, Mass., where he was an outstanding hockey player in high school, moving on to Northeastern University and Boston University where he set scoring records and was named to the All-American College team in 1946.
During WWII, Maker served in the 5th Air Force as a flying officer, decorated seven times, including the DFC and Purple Heart. He coached Framingham high school to the Bay State championship in 1949, following a year in which he was selected to the 1948 Olympic Team. After being called for the Korean War, Maker served in the Air Force until 1953. Maker coached at Kettle Falls, WA, from 1954-1959, and after a stint with the Spokane Indians baseball team be became the Sports Editor for the Coeur d'Alene Press.
Bob left the Press in 1966 to become the Sports Information Director at the University of Idaho. During that time he was elected president of the Big Sky SID's four terms. In 1962 he founded the Idaho Sports Banquet in Coeur d'Alene and that was followed by the founding of the Idaho Hall of Fame three years later. Bob served as president of the Latah County Vandal Boosters for two terms. Bob with Berneice, his wife of 34 years, have one son, Robert C., a 1979 graduate of the University of Idaho, residing in Anchorage, AK. Bob is employed by Zimmer Motors in Moscow, a position he has held for the past 10 years.