Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

In Memoriam

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

In Memoriam

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This winter the VHS lost two former trustees, Francis Lewis Berkeley, Jr., who died on February 19, and Joseph Clarke Robert, who died on March 8. Both were beloved leaders of this institution as well as scholars of singular achievement.

Joseph Clarke Robert (1907-2003)

Joseph Clarke Robert was an able college president and an inspired classroom teacher who touched the lives of many. For all who knew him, he represented the finest qualities of the southern gentleman. A native of Mississippi, he left his mark as president of Coker College and Hampden-Sydney College but then returned to the classroom to teach at the University of Richmond. Along the way he wrote numerous books and articles, including two that historians continue to cite, The Tobacco Kingdom and The Road from Monticello. His standing as one of the preeminent interpreters of southern history drew him to the VHS, first as a loyal member, then as a trustee, and finally as president from 1975 to 1978. He brought his administrative talents and scholarly insights to the Society, but above all he brought a unique wisdom, a genteel charm, and a welcoming smile that endeared him to his colleagues. …

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