JULY 18, 2014
John Donald Robb, Jr., a driving force in the development of the University of New Mexico Robb Musical Trust, died on July 13, 2014, after suffering a stroke. He was 90. He was fondly remembered and celebrated at a memorial service on July 24, 2014.
Robb pursued a career in the law, following in his father’s footsteps. After earning his law degree from the University of Minnesota, he moved to New Mexico, where his parents had settled. He was a name partner at Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, one of the state's largest law firms. In addition to being a successful Albuquerque lawyer, Robb played a major role nationally in Legal Aid.
Following his parents’ deaths in 1989, Robb guided their wishes to establish a unique endowment at UNM, where John Donald Robb had served as dean of the College of Fine Arts from 1942-1957. The endowment set up the Robb Trust Committee to “support the music and musical legacy of John Donald Robb, to further his inspiring commitment to education and to advance the understanding of music of the Southwest.”
As the first chairman of the Robb Trust Committee, Robb, Jr. dutifully carried out his parents’ wishes, and in subsequent years served in many other capacities as he guided the growth of the Robb Musical Trust from a small committee to a fully realized Board of Directors with more than 20 members. Robb, Jr. approached his work at the Robb Musical Trust with a passion that has infected the entire Board. He was very active in upcoming projects until his death.
His family asks that donations be made to the Robb Musical Trust. For more information, please click here
Donations in Robb, Jr.’s name can be made to the following organizations, which he also loved and supported:
Click here to read the obituary from the Albuquerque Journal.