Susan Barnes Robinson

Message from the President

Feb. 26, 2016

Dear LMU Community:

I am saddened to inform you that Susan Barnes Robinson, professor emerita of art and art history, died on Feb. 19, 2016, from a long-term illness. She was 72 years old.

Susan joined LMU in 1977 and was regarded as an extraordinary teacher until her retirement in 2005. She was known to be a knowledgeable, articulate, and dynamic lecturer of sophisticated material. Her reputation as a scholar extended beyond LMU. Susan’s service to the university community was exemplary: She served on the University Research Committee, Rank and Tenure Committee, the Fulbright Screening Committee, the WSCUC Steering Committee, the President’s Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award Committee, and the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and the Arts Advisory Board. She was also among the relatively small number of faculty named as honorary members of Alpha Sigma Nu.

Susan earned her B.A. and M.A. at UCLA, and she earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship in Italy and a brief appointment at Indiana University, she came to LMU.

A memorial Mass will be held in Sacred Heart Chapel on Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 10 a.m. Notes of condolence can be sent to the family at 3205 Barkentine Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275. In lieu of flowers, Susan’s family asks that donations be made to the College of Communication and Fine Arts General Scholarship Fund.

Please keep Susan and her family in your thoughts and prayers.


Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D.