COLVIN , Robert H.|
Robert H. Colvin died Tuesday, April 1, at age 83. He had lived in Austin with his wife of 61 years, Barbara, since 1997.
The Colvins moved to Austin after Bob retired from a 22-year career on the faculty of the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, of which he was a founder, in Carbondale, Illinois. He was one of the school's most popular professors, adored by students who were grateful for the humor and energy he brought to lectures. He had previously earned his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology at SIU.
Teaching was Bob's second career. Born in Sioux City, Iowa, he spent the first part of his life nearby in Vermillion, South Dakota, where he grew up, attended the University of South Dakota, and owned a successful printing and publishing business. Then, at age 35 and with four children, he decided to sell the business, return to school, and change his direction.
Bob was very widely accomplished. He built a canoe, a cabin cruiser, a vacation home in the mountains of New Mexico, and furniture that fills his home and the homes of his children. He published a book and many scholarly articles. An accomplished self-taught player of the piano, guitar, and banjo, he also performed in choirs and choruses for operas and musicals. He was deeply devoted to golf and was an avid hunter, swimmer, handball player, skier, bicycle-rider, and sailor. He was a licensed pilot and served in the Air Force and the Army. Countless friends love and remember him especially for the humor and imagination he brought to everything he did.
In addition to his wife, Barbara J. (Croson) Colvin, Bob's survivors include their four children, Geoff Colvin, Shawn Colvin, Kay Colvin (husband Davis McLarty), and Clay Colvin, and five grandchildren: Cristian and Grayson Colvin; Callie Erwin; and Grace and Frances McLarty. He is survived also by his sister, Susan Olson (husband Henk Goeyenbier), many brothers- and sisters-in-law, nieces, and nephews. He was pre-deceased by his parents, Robert H. Colvin Sr. and Grace Colvin.
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 14, at 11 am at the Zilker Clubhouse in Austin.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob's honor to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th floor, New York, NY 10001.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Apr. 7 to Apr. 8, 2014