Dr. Louise Buenger Robbert

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Robbert, Dr. Louise Buenger (Mrs. George S.) died at her residence on Monday, June 11, 2007, at the age of 81 from cancer. Born August 18, 1925 in St. Paul Minnesota, she earned the Bachelor of Arts (1947) from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; the Master of Arts (1948), and the Bachelor of Education (1949) from the University of Cincinnati and the Ph.D. (1955) from University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mrs. Robbert focused her research efforts on Medieval Venice, Italy, writing many book chapters and articles based on this. These include: the groundbreaking 'Venetian Participation in the Crusade of Damietta' in Studi Veneziani n.s. XXX (1995); 'Venice and the Crusades' in A History of the Crusades, general editor, Kenneth M. Setton; vol V. ed. Harry W. Hazard and Norman P. Zacour; 'Il sistema monetario' in Storia di Venezia dalle origini alla caduta della serenissima general editor Vittore Branca. 'The Venetian Money Market, 1150-1229' in Studi Veneziani XIII, 1971; and 'Venice' and related entries ('Dandolo Family', 'Grado, Patriarchate of', 'Muda', 'Orseolo Family'), in Medieval Italy, an Encyclopedia, vols. 1-2. ed. Christopher Kleinhenz. Mrs. Robbert was an instructor in history at Smith College, Massachusetts from 1954-1955. She received Fulbright Scholarships to Venice and studied there from 1955-1957. On return she taught history at Hunter College of the City of New York from 1957-1960 when she declined tenure to marry George S. Robbert. She was an instructor at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy from 1960-1962. The couple then moved to Lubbock Texas where Louise was an assistant professor of history at Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) from 1962-1963 and then an associate professor of history from 1964-1975. In 1975 the couple moved to St. Louis where George was called to teach at Concordia Seminary. There, Louise was an associate professor of history at University of Missouri-St. Louis from 1978. She became a professor emerita in 1997. During this time she received the Gladys Kreible Delmas, Grant in Aid for summer research in Venice in 1983 and again in 1987. Furthermore, Mrs. Robbert was active in community affairs. She served several offices in The Wednesday Club, St. Louis from 1994-2003 including serving as President from 1999-2001. She also was a member of the Mid St. Louis County Rotary, serving as newsletter editor from 2001-2004. Mrs. Robbert was a kind and gracious lady: a slim woman of towering intellect who nonetheless regarded her most cherished and most important title as Mrs. instead of Dr. She was as equally at ease with her historical research as at making her home serene and welcoming for both guest and family alike. Mrs. Robbert is survived by one son, George Harold Robbert of Fort Collins, Colorado; a niece, Alison Bloomfield of San Francisco, California; and a nephew John Bloomfield of South Hampton, New Hampshire.Services: Visitation at SCHRADER Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Road, Ballwin, on Wednesday 4-8 p.m., is followed the next day by funeral services at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 12345 Manchester Road, Des Peres. She will be interred at Bellefontaine Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, Mo. 63105 designated for The George S. & Louise Buenger Robbert Endow ment for Historical Theology, or to the charity of your choice.

Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch from June 13 to June 15, 2007