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Robert Allen Gwinn Sr.

1928 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Robert Allen Gwinn Sr. Obituary
Gwinn, Sr., Robert Allen Robert Allen Gwinn, Sr., "Bob" died on January 17, 2013 at the age of 84, from complications associated with Alzheimer's Disease. Bob was born on December 13, 1928 in Dallas to Clyde Wesley Gwinn and Mattie Lee Hill Gwinn. He grew up in Lakewood, graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, SMU, and The SMU Dedman School of Law. He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He loved this nation and the American Flag was his "favorite thing." Bob began a long and successful career in Dallas as one of the finest trial attorneys in the United States. He lost several cases as he began his career. As he contemplated a different path, he won a case he felt was unwinnable. This sealed his legal career. After many years with Seay, Gwinn, Crawford, Mebus and Blakeney, he founded the firm of Gwinn & Roby with his good friend, Rob Roby. It would grow to become a premier civil litigation defense firm. Among his many honors, Bob served as the President of the Dallas Bar Association in 1984 and was on the State Bar Board of Directors for many years. He was Board Certified in several areas of law. He was honored by the Dallas Bar Association as the Pro Bono Attorney of the Year in 1984. As Bar President, he served as chair of the original steering committee of the first Conference of the Professions, and he was an enthusiastic member of the committee and supporter of the Conference for several years. He created and taught a class at the SMU Dedman School of Law on the subject of Aviation Law. That class always filled up early. He was honored as Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Dallas Bar Association in 2008, an honor he shared with a good friend, Jim Burnham. He was recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of the SMU Dedman School of Law in 2009. He was devoted to SMU Mustang football and attended every home game, once the games again on campus. Bob enjoyed most of all the area of Aviation Law. He handled dozens of lawsuits across the country, including the 1977 crash of the Lynyrd Skynyrd plane, the 1982 Air Florida crash into the Potomac River and the 1990 crash of the plane owned by Texas gubernatorial candidate, Clayton Williams. Basically, when a plane crashed somewhere in the United States, Bob's phone rang. He got his pilot's license when he was in his 60s and loved flying, until he became a grandfather. Perhaps his handling of so many airplane crashes caused him to rethink flying as a hobby. Bob handled so many different types of cases that it is impossible to recapitulate such a bouillabaisse here. Suffice to say, it was a lot. A whole lot. He also loved golf and travel (he especially loved Honolulu). Bob also served on the vestries of the Church of the Resurrection and Christ Church, Plano. He leaves behind his wife of over 50 years, Marianne and three sons, Robert Allen Gwinn, Jr. (and wife Terri); Daniel Lee Gwinn (Augusta, Georgia) and Stephen Wesley Gwinn (and wife Tina). He has six grandchildren, Daniel, Trey, Wesleigh, Kelsey, Logan and Landen. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Museum of Biblical Art in Dallas (7500 Park Lane, Dallas Texas 75225). Bob's body was donated for medical education and research to UT Southwestern Medical Center. A memorial celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Museum of Biblical Art on Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. A reception will follow the memorial from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.


Published in Dallas Morning News from Jan. 20 to Jan. 22, 2013
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