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Robert B. Egelston


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Robert B. Egelston Obituary
December 31, 1930 - May 9, 2016 Robert Burnley ("Bob") Egelston passed away peacefully on May 9, 2016, in Oklahoma City, after a long illness. Bob was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to Sally (Carroll) and Richard Egelston and was the youngest of three brothers. He was a child of the Depression but had fond memories of going to work at age twelve on the crew maintaining parkland in Kansas City, while his brothers and the other able-bodied young men were fighting in the War. Bob was an excellent student and won an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. After graduation he served in the U.S. Army and then went on to complete the MBA program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. From there he was hired by the Capital Group of Los Angeles where he served in numerous capacities for forty years, including Chairman from 1982 through the late 90's. As a generous philanthropist, Bob supported many interests spanning the visual and performing arts to education, health, and humanitarian causes. He was an Honorary Life Trustee of the Colburn School of Los Angeles and the Founding Chairman of the Colburn Foundation. He served as Chairman of the Los Angeles Music Center, where he championed the project to build the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the restoration of the Ahmanson Theater at the Music Center. Bob was a twenty-five year board member of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and was one of its greatest fans. His interests in education were expansive, including serving on the board of the Claremont Graduate University and on the board of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. He was Board Chairman for several years of CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), where he led efforts in rebuilding the campus after the devastating 1994 Northridge earthquake. Bob was an active member of nearly fifty years at All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, where he was a past member of the vestry and chaired the building committee during a crucial period. After his health began to decline, Bob and his wife Veronica made Oklahoma City their full-time home in 2012 to be near family. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Richard and John. Surviving to mourn Bob are his wife Veronica, daughters Diane (John Brorsen) of Kensington, CA, and Janet (Mitch Cichy) of Northampton, MA, son Peter (Joanne Francis) of Eliot, Maine, step-son Kelvin Williams (Amy) of Dallas and beloved grandchildren: Brooks and Aidan Brorsen; Carson and Mary Alice Williams. He will be interred in the Cadet Chapel at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. There will be a memorial service June 18th at 11:00 AM at All Saints in Pasadena with a reception following at the Valley Hunt Club. Bob's family wishes to thank his devoted caregivers: Nivea, Frank, Ken, and Prince. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations to the Colburn School's "Robert B. Egelston Scholarship Fund" (www.colburnschool.edu) or the Lewy Body Dementia Association (lbda.org).
Published in the Los Angeles Times from June 4 to June 12, 2016
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