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Mr. Robert F. “Bobby” Fogelman Receives Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree at U of M Commencement

Mr. Robert F. “Bobby” Fogelman Receives Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree at U of M Commencement

Dean Rajiv Grover, Bobby Fogelman
Bobby Fogelman (r) with Dean Rajiv Grover  

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.

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.

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