May 21, 1941 - January 26, 2018
Robert O. Sosa was called by his maker at 10:55 am on January 26, 2018 at the age of 76. He was a life-long teacher, a life-long student, a talented artist and a devoted Catholic. Robert was the only member of his family to earn a college degree, obtaining his Bachelor's from St Mary's University in 1960 and his Master's in English Literature in 1974.
His love of family, devotion to students, exploration of ideas, appetite for reading, especially history and great literature, his connection to life-long friends and the creation of the soon to be, million-dollar Robert O. Sosa Scholarship Fund at the University of the Incarnate Word define his legacy.
He traveled far and wide, making perhaps a hundred trips to Mexico throughout his life. Other favorites were Germany, France, Italy, the Czech Republic, El Salvador and Panama. Robert was especially proud of his independence; a life-long bachelor, he was never alone, as his social, business and community service calendars were always brimming.
Robert attended Sacred Heart and David Crocket elementary schools from 1st to 5th grades and Sidney Lanier middle and high school from 1956 to 1960. After college graduation, he taught English at Pat Neff and John Marshall High Schools. He taught day and evening division as an adjunct professor in English and Sociology at San Antonio College, St. Phillips College, Northeast Lakeview and St. Mary's University from 1965 to 2016.
Sosa served as an Oblate of the Oblates of Saint Benedict's and at the Benedictine Monastery in Boerne.
He was a member of the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church and served as a Eucharistic Minister at the Metropolitan Methodist Hospital as a volunteer, administering Holy Communion to patients on weekends.
Perhaps his greatest love was his time at the University of the Incarnate Word as Director of Foundation, Corporate and Government Foundations, where he helped raise $80 million in his 22-year career from 1992 until his retirement in 2014. The establishment of his Robert O. Sosa Scholarship Fund at UIW was based on his close friendship with former president Louis J. Agnese. After Agnese retired, he labored over whether or not to keep the Scholarship Fund at UIW. In the end, his devotion to UIW and the need of first-generation college students won out.
Sosa was preceded in death by his parents, Robert J. and Anna Maria Sosa and he is survived by his daughter, Sandra Ann Poncio, his sister Mary Christine Cruz, brothers Daniel Sosa and Lionel Sosa as well as over 75 nephews, grand-nephews nieces and grand-nieces.
A Rosary will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2 at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church at 1819 Nevada Street, San Antonio, Texas 78203 followed by the Funeral Mass at 10:30 am.
Later that day from 6 to 10 pm, there will be a life celebration "Pachanga" at the church parish hall with live music of Robert's favorite English and Spanish music.
In lieu of Flowers, the family asks that a donation be made to The Holy Redeemer Catholic Church Capitol Campaign.
Published by San Antonio Express-News on Jan. 30, 2018.