JOSEPHINE ROBERTSON
ROBERTSON--Josephine (Josie) Tucker, died at her home in New York City on June 8 after a long struggle with breast cancer. The daughter of Robert and Josephine (Pimmie) Spencer Tucker, she was born May 16, 1943, in San Antonio, and graduated from Saint Mary's Hall there in 1961. She later attended Briarcliff College and graduated from the University of Texas in 1965. Before her marriage to Julian Robertson in 1972, Josie and her sister-in-law started and managed Tuckertown which designed and produced Christmas-tree ornaments which sold to leading department stores throughout the nation. Known always for her artistic talents and creativity, she collaborated with Julian to build two golf-course resorts in New Zealand. Hers was the eye behind the impeccable style of the two award-winning lodges they built near the golf courses. An avid golfer, she was the 2006 women's champion at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, NY. She was gifted with flowers, and loved using them while entertaining friends and family. Always gracious, lighthearted, and fun, she masked a formidable set of organizational skills which she put to work as a mother of three sons and as a volunteer in New York City. Her civic accomplishments were many. She joined the Women's Board of The Boys' Club of New York in 1978, served as its president, and in 2000 was elected to the combined board of trustees. In 2007, when she was the honoree at its annual spring dance, a group of friends raised money in her honor for the Boys' Club's Josie Robertson School of Music and Art. She also was on the Board of Overseers of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center since 2004, a director of Classroom, Inc. from 1999 and a director of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation since 2002. In 1996, the Robertsons established the Robertson Foundation which supports education, medical research, spirituality, and environmental causes. In 1998, shortly after her breast-cancer surgery, Julian surprised Josie with a gift to Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts that named the plaza there in her honor. She and Julian were leading supporters of the Central Park Conservancy, where she joined the board of the Women's Committee in 1997. In 1998 they funded the restoration of the 59th Street Pond and its surrounding landscape. She is survived by her loving family: her husband of 38 years; son Spencer, his wife, Sarah, and their children Hollis, Hart, and Wyndham of Brooklyn; son Julian H. III (Jay) of Hawke's Bay, New Zealand; and son Alexander Tucker of Manhattan. Also surviving are two sisters, Mary Cassell of Albuquerque and Julia Rasmussen of Houston, and two brothers, Robert Tucker of San Antonio and George Tucker of Midland. She will be missed by everyone fortunate enough to have known her. Funeral will be at 11am Friday, June 11 at St. Bartholomew's Church at 325 Park Avenue, New York. Visitation will be at 11:30-2 and 5-7pm on Thursday, June 10 at Frank Campbell Funeral Home, 1076 Madison Avenue, New York. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Boys Club of New York, 287 East 10th Street, NYC 1009; Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, Dept. of Development, 633 Third Avenue-28th Floor, NYC 10018; and PAVE Academy Charter School, 71 Sullivan Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231.

Published by New York Times on Jun. 9, 2010.
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Although I did'nt have the opportunity to meet Mrs.Robertson, Her selfless efforts have allowed me the opportunity to carry on her legacy as a music teacher at the Boys Club Of New York Abbe Clubhouse in Flushing Queens. God Bless You and The Robertson Family
Daryl Johnson
Daryl Johnson
June 12, 2010
Dear Julian and Family,

There are no words to describe the loss of a wife and mother. And to the many of us who are currently in cancer treatment, Josie Robertson's valiant fight and strong will to live provide tremendous inspiration.

We are planning a full choral/orchestral performance of Maurice Durufle's beautiful "Requiem" in honor of Josephine Robertson in Salisbury, NC during the fall semester. Your family has done so much for our community, that we want to give you the gift of prayer sung in tribute and memory of Josephine Robertson's life. We will keep your family informed about the concert.

God is our strong salvation, and I pray that Josie, along with all the faithful departed may rest in the blessed peace of God's presence, free from pain, and celebrating her deep love for each of you around the very throne of God.

With gratitude,
Paul E. Oakley
Director of Choral Music
Catawba College
Paul Oakley
June 9, 2010
To all of Josie's family,

I can't tell you how sorry I am for your terrible loss. There are few individuals in this world that truly, truly leave the world better than they found it. Josie was one of those people in every way. There can be no finer legacy than that. My heart grieves with all of you - the thoughts and prayers of everyone at The Boys' Club are with you now.

Whenever I enjoy the miracle of music, I will think of our dear friend and the life she lived and the priceless gift she gave to our boys. My deepest sympathies on your loss.

Much love,
Cinda Lawrence
Office of the Executive Director
The Boys' Club of New York
Cinda Lawrence
June 9, 2010
Julian,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in this tremendous loss. Though there are no words that can help your grief, I believe that God will be with you in this time of mourning. May He richly bless you and may you feel the presence of His Spirit.

Craig Turner
Catawba College
Craig Turner
June 9, 2010
Josie was a wonderful, gracious and caring person. I met the Tucker family through her older brother, Robert when Josie was very, very young and was fortunate to follow her various advertures through her life.
Her style and open attitue will be missed. She was a lady in every sense of the word.

Paul Carson
Paul Carson
June 9, 2010
Susan and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family have been so generous and giving to Salisbury, North Carolina and to the many charities that you support in New York and around the world. Our hearts go out to you at this time. Words are inadequate, only time will heal.
Edward Norvell
June 9, 2010
I grieve with you. May you receive comfort from the Holy Spirit!
Paul Baker
June 9, 2010
Dear Robertson Family,
I am from Salisbury, NC where your family has done so much for so many. I do not know your family persaonlly, but I do know of a lot of good that you have done for Salisbury. My prayers are with your family. Thank you for all the good that you have done for so many people.
Kathy Hoffner
June 9, 2010
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