Mr. Robert F. “Bobby” Fogelman Receives Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree at U of
The University of Memphis awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters degree to Memphis
businessman and philanthropist Robert F. “Bobby” Fogelman during spring Commencement
ceremonies Saturday, May 9, at FedExForum. Mr. Fogelman has been an unqualified success
in business while simultaneously serving Memphis’ higher education, arts, and health
communities. He is president of Fogelman Investment Company and a former director
of numerous private and public companies.
|Bobby Fogelman (r) with Dean Rajiv Grover
In 1980, the Fogelman family was honored by having the College of Business named the
Fogelman College of Business & Economics. The Fogelman Executive Center, a state-of-the-art
conference facility, opened on campus in 1987. The Morris S. Fogelman Chair in Real
Estate, within the Fogelman College, was established in honor of Bobby Fogelman’s
father in 1975. In recognition of these and many other contributions, Bobby Fogelman
was honored as a Distinguished Friend of the University of Memphis in 1987.
In 1989 a group of business and community leaders led by Mr. Fogelman formed the University
of Memphis’ Board of Visitors. The BOV serves as an advisory board to the U of M’s
president, helping the University achieve excellence and attain national recognition.
Mr. Fogelman served as the BOV’s first chairman and is also a past president of the
U of M Foundation Board of Trustees.
Mr. Fogelman is chairman of the Opera Memphis Endowment and the Memphis Jewish Federation
Endowment. He also serves on the Baptist Memorial Healthcare Foundation and the U
of M Investment Committee. He is a former trustee of several organizations, including
the Memphis Pink Palace Museum, the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, the Minneapolis
College of Art and Design, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and Shelby Farms.
He is a past chairman of the Memphis College of Art and St. Mary’s Episcopal School.
Recently, Mr.Fogelman and his wife, Martha, donated more than 180 pieces of sub-Saharan
African art to the University of Memphis Art Museum. This diverse collection features
such objects as a beaded Yoruba priest’s tunic, a cast metal Benin head from Nigeria,
and a wooden Fang funerary mask from Gabon. These works provide a rich core of valuable
research and study material for students and visitors to the museum.
Mr. Fogelman earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from the Wharton School
at the University of Pennsylvania.