Purple Ball – Robert Barker

Robert Barker died of Alzheimer’s in 2002 after an incredibly productive life focused on family, philanthropy (particularly Harvard University and the American Museum of Natural History in New York), and investing in promising new technologies.


Mr. Barker’s work with the Ford Foundation changed the way endowments were invested allowing for a more growth oriented, long term approach.  This approach has generated tremendous wealth for endowed non profits in the United States supporting educational scholarships, expansion of museums, improved healthcare, etc. The foundation he founded, JMR Barker Foundation, remains a lasting legacy.  Mr. Barker’s son, Ben Barker, is active with the University of Texas at San Antonio and their efforts to combat Alzheimer’s. The Purple Ball at La Cantera in San Antonio was played for Robert.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this:
search previous next tag category expand menu location phone mail time cart zoom edit close