Robin Douglass

Robin Douglass grew up in Connecticut surrounded by his family’s vast collection of medieval art and artifacts. Steeped in the beauty and history of many types of work – from oil painting and tapestries to heavy coats of armor – dating as far back as the 15th century, Robin at an early age developed a great love and appreciation of art.

“My dad’s friends were people from the art world,” explains Robin, who traces his family’s collections to his grandfather, who had the foresight to purchase works of medieval art during his travels in Europe at a time when such treasures could be bought for reasonable prices.

Fast forward a few decades to South Bend, where the retired headmaster of the Stanley Clark School, has begun his second round on the board of the Friends of the Snite Museum of Art. And this year, along with his wife Lisa, is chair of the annual Christmas gala, the black-tie benefit dinner that is the Friends’ major fund-raising event. The December 4th event at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, will honor Emeritus Curator Douglas Bradley who passed away last year after a 34-year career with the Snite Museum, is expected to raise over $50,000.

A man who’s always juggled a full plate, whether overseeing construction of additions at the Clark School, or being on the task force that planed the renovation of the old WSBT building for WNIT, Robin takes it all in his easy stride. Since moving to South Bend in 1988, he has played an active role on a number of boards. Playing down his role for the Christmas Benefit, he credits the Friends office staff for doing much of the work.

“To me, it’s important to support art institutions. They never have enough money. If you aren’t in a position to give money, give time. And that’s what I do.”

Becky Emmons, Friends Board of Directors

August 2014