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.