Bob Beaird, Raytown High School, Class of 1964
Robert Beaird spent his entire pubic school education in the Raytown School District, graduating from Raytown High in 1964. He served in the United States Army, in the Republic of South Vietnam where he was awarded the Bronze Star for Service, from 1968 to 1970. He graduated from University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law in 1973.
Bob spent a 25 -year career as a highly successful criminal defense lawyer. He was named as one of the best lawyers in The Best Lawyers in America for the fi rst eight years of the publication’s existence. In 1978 he was elected to the Jackson County Legislature where he served with distinction until 1989. He was named Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri in 1999 and a year later was re-elected to the same position by the Jackson County voters. As Prosecuting Attorney for four years in Jackson County, Bob was recognized by the Court Appointed Special Advocate Agency for his advocacy on behalf of children and by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for efforts on behalf of minorities.
He served four years on the COMBAT Anti- Drug Task Force and spoke to thousands of students and parents at D.A.R.E graduation ceremonies throughout Jackson County. He attended scores of community and neighborhood meetings, talking to citizens about the work of law enforcement and the prosecutor’s office. He was always an excellent ambassador for Raytown Schools. In 2002 Bob became the Jackson County Associate Circuit Judge. He retired from the bench in April 2010. In Bob’s career as an attorney, he tried over 100 jury trials, an extraordinary number for current times. As a judge, he presided over hundreds of additional trials.
In his role as a citizen and parent, Bob spent many years coaching YMCA and AAU basketball for youth throughout his community. Bob and wife Sharon, also a 1964 RHS graduate, are actively involved in their community.They have two children, Brian and Sheri, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons, Hank and Gus.