Samuel A. Roberson
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Samuel A. Roberson

76, of Westfield, passed away Monday, September 28, 2015. Samuel was born May 5, 1939 in Honolulu, Hawaii to the late Robert and Mary (Anderson) Roberson. In 1989, he married Penelope Roberson.

Samuel was a graduate of Plainfield High School. He then earned his bachelor's degree from Williams College and his PhD in art history from Yale University. Samuel retired as an art historian and a professor of art history at the Herron School of Art at IUPUI after 30 years of service. Samuel was active with the Hamilton County Artists Association and the Indiana Historic Preservation.

He is survived by his wife, Penelope Roberson; three children, Peter (Anje) Roberson, Sarah (Josh) Kaminker, and Joe (Tree) Rudy; six grandchildren, Carolyn, Isabella, Mira, Hannah, Aubrey and Max; and a cousin, Carol Anderson.

Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at Bethel Lutheran Church, 20650 Cumberland Road, Noblesville. Memorial contributions may be directed to Hamilton County Artist Association. Arrangements and cremation were entrusted to Flanner and Buchanan - Hamilton Memorial Park.




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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 18, 2015.
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December 8, 2020
Dr. Roberson was hands down my favorite professor. I think I took just about every class he taught in the years I was at Herron. I even took a class on Southwest art, something I had zero interest in, but he made it fun. He made me love art more than I already did. He made me care about the attention to detail in everything (yes, spelling counts). There are random facts about art and architecture I spout to anyone who will listen, all because of him. He was a kind, caring person and a fantastic teacher. I just recently learned that he had passed. I am so sorry for your loss. I'm sure even years later you still feel that loss. Perhaps it gives you some comfort to know that he had such a profound and lasting impact on others.
Heather Newport
Student
October 24, 2015
GianLorenzo Bernini/David
Dr. Sam was a patient man. He was the art historian that instilled thoroughness through Independent Study; Bernini, Frank Lloyd Wright, that was his gift to me. Thank you Sam, peace to his family. RIP.
Richard Peglow
October 21, 2015
Sam had a gentle, helpful nature which he extended to me on numerous occasions...as he leaves this shore, he approaches another one where God's light and love is constant.
Douglas Ferrer
October 20, 2015
Sam was a good and thoughtful friend. He gave me a break for which I am always grateful. Rest in Peace, friend.
william Selm
October 10, 2015
My deepest sympathy to Penny and family at this difficult time. I knew Sam from my time at IUPUI. RIP.
Susan Logsdon
October 9, 2015
Sam helped start my career in historic preservation and I am forever grateful that he did. Art history classes in Baroque, Modern architecture, survey work in Stringtown (Indy). So sorry.
Paul Diebold
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