March 4, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 12
Theater Benefactor, Trustee E. Paul Robsham Dies
A funeral service was held on Feb. 26 at Holy Trinity Chapel on Newton Campus for Einar Paul Robsham M.Ed.'83, a former Boston College trustee whose beneficence gave the University a permanent venue for theatrical and special events.
Mr. Robsham died Feb. 22 of heart disease at Massachusetts General Hospital. He was 75.
A prominent real estate developer and philanthropist, Mr. Robsham and his wife Joyce were the benefactors of BC's Robsham Theater Arts Center. Constructed in 1981, the building was dedicated in 1985 in honor of their son E. Paul Robsham, Jr., a member of the BC class of 1986 who died in an automobile accident in the summer of 1983, following his freshman year.
Robsham Theater has been the site for numerous theatrical, musical and dance performances as well as academic, professional and University gatherings such as the annual Faculty Convocation and the first Boston College Finance Conference in 1994. The BC Theater Department is in residence at the Robsham Theater, as are the Robsham Dance and Theatre Company and the Boston Liturgical Dance Ensemble.
Mr. Robsham was the retired president and chairman of the board of Robsham Industries Inc., a real estate development firm based in Framingham. During his career, he developed and built residential and commercial properties in eastern Massachusetts, and was well known for the development of custom home communities and apartments in the Framingham, Sudbury and Wayland areas. He was a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the National Association of Real Estate Boards and the National Institute of Real Estate Management.
Active in educational affairs, he completed two four-year terms on the Boston College Board of Trustees, and served as a trustee associate. He and his wife donated the Visitors Center at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, the Arts Center at Belmont Hill School, and the Scout Reservation at Camp Resolute.
"Paul's extraordinary accomplishments in business made him a valuable policy advisor and board member at Boston College and at University of Massachusetts-Amherst," said Boston College Chancellor J. Donald Monan, SJ. "Perhaps the most recurrent object of his helpfulness and his charity were young people - in their scouting and hockey leagues, in their activities at Amherst and Belmont Hill and Boston College."
He received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Calvin Coolidge College and a master's degree in education from Boston College. He received the Chancellor's Medal from UMass-Amherst in 1989 and an honorary doctorate of laws in 1992. He also was active in Boy Scouts of America, and received several awards for service, including "Man of the Year" from the Algonquin Council in 1980.
Mr. Robsham is survived by his wife, Joyce (Loring) Robsham, of Wayland, Mass., and North Palm Beach, Fla., and his sister, Lorraine Linn.
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