|Birth: ||Mar. 12, 1934|
|Death: ||Apr. 26, 2000|
Parents: Edgar Gardner Tobin and Margaret Lynn Batts.
Single- Never Married.
Robert was named for his maternal grandfather; Robert Lynn Batts. He was Chief Judge of the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, and a regent for the University of Texas.
He was a graduate of Alamo Heights High School. He attended the University of Texas at Austin. He was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. His studies were cut short when his father was tragically killed in an airplane accident.
He returned to San Antonio, Texas to help his mother run his father's company; Tobin Aerial Surveys, Inc. He built it into the nation's largest and highest quality mapmaker to the oil industry.
Robert was an art collector and patron of cultural institutions in New York and Santa Fe, New Mexico; who built one of the most important theater design collections in the country. He began his collection in his twenties.
He became President of the Children's Service Bureau in San Antonio. A member of the Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Opera in New York and a member of its Executive Committee, a Vice-President from 1991-1999, and Chairman of the Production Committee of the Metropolitan Opera. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1964 and became Chairman of its Drawings Committee. He also served as a Trustee of the Museum of Modern Art from 1976-1990. He served as a Regent of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. He also served on the McNay Art Museum Board; he was Chairman from 1990 until his death.
In 1984 on his 50th birthday his mother had a wing built at the McNay. It is called: "The Tobin Wing". It houses more than 8,000 books dating back to the Renaissance. It also houses the over 20,000 theater designs, backdrops, paintings, drawings, models, texts and customs related to theater history and design.
Robert tried to explain his love of collecting;"It's a constant search for that moment when lighting strikes."
Robert has funded the New York Metropolitan Opera, the Boston Public Library, the Boston Lyric Opera and Opera Boston, and the Santa Fe Opera with multi-million dollars worth of support.
Cause of Death: Cancer.
Edgar Gardner Tobin (1896 - 1954)
Margaret Lynn Batts Tobin (1898 - 1989)
Sunset Memorial Park
Plot: Texas Liberty Section- Tobin Family Plot
Created by: KatyD
Record added: Dec 22, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82286525