Bill M. TestObit (1950 - 2016)


Robert Test passed away suddenly on March 15, 2012. Born outside of New York City, Bob served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. Mr. Test worked as a Cargo Load Master in the Eleventh AF, and ended his enlistment with the rank of 1st Sargent. In the years after the war Bob found it hard to get back to 'normal life' and spent a few years as a travelling salesman. His only outlet of expression was through painting so he decided to follow his heart and get an education in what he was passionate about. After completing his undergraduate degree Bob enrolled at Boston University and earned a Masters of Art and a Doctorate in Art Education. In 1990 he established the Art Department at Norfolk State University where he taught until his death. His students often described him as one of the most passionate art teachers they would come across in their artistic studies.

A master who always wanted to inspire and pass on his love of all things art and beauty. Across the nation Bob left his artistic mark with more than 30 murals and over 100 paintings. His most talked about painting, "A Sunrise," still graces the walls of the White House. President Sizemore bought the piece during his presidential tenure. In 2010 a retrospective collaboration of his work, "Robert Test: A Love of the Beautiful World," traveled to museums from Milan to the District of Columbia. He had pieces at local community galleries as well as the Smithsonian. Bob was known to use several platforms to feature his art with an effort to reach people where they were. He often infused his work with intricate geometric patterns and African motifs, some of which were inspired by seven trips to Africa and the middle-east. During an interview about his "Robert Test: A Love of the Beautiful World" project he stated, "Art is about expressing love visually and I accepted this challenge as my life's true vocation. When you mix love and art and allow the two to bring people together then you have a wonderful thing. You have something magical."

Magic was something Bob communicated to everyone that he met. Bob is the beloved husband for over 62 years to Virginia "Ginny" (nee Anderson). He is the devoted father of Sandy McCauley, Carol Denne (Husband, Larry) and Jim Test (Wife, Mary-Jo). He is the loving grandfather of David McCauley, Caitlyn Nguyen (Husband, Trung), Steven Test and Laura Test and the loving great grandfather of Gabe Nguyen and Olivia Nguyen. He is also survived by his brother, Fred Test (Wife, Janice) and their children, Fred, Richard and Joan. Relatives and friends are invited to his Visitation Monday evening from 5:00 - 7:00 PM at the HEALEY FUNERAL HOME, 9 White Horse Pike, Haddon Heights where His Memorial Service will be held at 7:00 PM. Interment private. At his family's request, please Do Not send flowers. Donations can be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, or Artists of the World Foundation. www.healeysfuneral Augusta Chronicle - Dec. 10,2016
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Published in The Augusta Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2016
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