Robert Emmett Callahan was born in New Rochelle, New York. Bob’s great-grandfather, Felix Callahan, immigrated from Ireland and settled in Montreal, Canada. There he founded the Harp, a monthly magazine and the Montreal Sun, one of the first daily Catholic newspapers in North America. The family then migrated to Brooklyn, NY followed by a move to Eastchester, NY in 1939. Bob had one brother who passed in early 2016.
He and his wife of 57 years, Lucile Buckley Callahan, have lived in Stamford since their marriage in 1959, and raised their six children here. They also have eight grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Bob is a trustee at the Church of St. Cecilia on Newfield Avenue.
Bob attended public schools in Eastchester, NY and graduated from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan. He is a veteran of the Korean conflict where he served as a high speed radio operator with the 24th Infantry Division. His career has included art director for several advertising agencies, partner in the multidisciplinary design partnership Design Collaborative, and Bob is currently a self-employed graphic designer and watercolorist.
Bob has served on the Board of Directors for the Stamford Chamber of Commerce, the New England Lyric Operetta, the Stamford Symphony Orchestra and is currently a Board member of Curtain Call in Stamford. He has also performed in fourteen theatre productions at Curtain Call, including performing the role of Emile DeBecque in South Pacific, Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls, and his most memorable role as Captain Jack Boyle in Seán O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock, which was first staged at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin in 1924.