October 01, 2010

Robb Prince Remembered

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Robb Prince, a member of Hamline’s Board of Trustees since 1996 and chair for the last year, passed away peacefully on August 24.

Prince was a financial consultant and retired vice president and treasurer of Jostens, Inc. He held a BA in economics from Carleton College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

“Robb Prince was an exceptional Hamline trustee. He was a person we all respected, admired, and trusted to guide the governance of this great university,” says President Linda Hanson. “Robb cared deeply about the student experience and we often discussed the importance of taking care of our people at Hamline. He always championed investing in our most precious resource—the faculty and staff of Hamline.”

In 2001, Prince and his wife, Jackie, established the Prince Family Scholarship out of a desire to support Hamline’s diversity efforts and to make available the life-enriching benefits of a liberal arts education to deserving students. In 2002, the couple designated a portion of the Prince Family Endowed Fund to support Hamline’s John Wesley Trustee Award for Faculty, which honors an outstanding faculty member each year.

By providing a leadership gift for the construction of Hamline’s University Center, the Princes recognized the project’s importance in sustaining student learning and engagement.

Prince leaves behind his wife, Jackie, their son and daughter, and their grandchildren. An avid sailor, Prince enjoyed regaling his fellow trustees with stories of his adventures on Lake Superior and the high seas. He was approachable on any topic, well-versed in current events, and well-educated on the critical importance of the liberal arts. He will be greatly missed.

The family has requested that memorials be sent to Hamline University and directed to the University Center Fund.