Robin Shields

Robert "Robin"Rufus Shields '68

Rob (Robin) was born on Dec. 10, 1950 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico making a grand entrance in which many folks gathered in front of the hospital nursery to see the beautiful, blond baby with the blue eyes. He is survived by his sister, Suzanne Lavergne and her husband Daly, sister, Donna Shields, brother Patrick Shields and, brother-in-law Henry Byers and close friend Micky Angel. He was predeceased by mother and father, Robert and Luise Shields, sisters Cala Shields and Mary Byers.

Rob received his BA degree from Catholic University and his MA in Library Science from George Washington University. He retired from the Rare Books Division of the Library of Congress where he received many awards and was given acknowledgment by David Baladucci in his novel THE COLLECTORS about the Library.

He had an interesting and adventurous life traveling around the world first as a child of Foreign Service parents and then on his own. He was an excellent horseman and appeared in many movies in which expertise at riding bareback was needed. He was a fearless traveler whether it was going to Machu Picchu to see the Kohoutek comet or traversing raging rapids in the mountains of Nepal, seeing the sights of Europe, being in war zones, seeing the great ruins of Turkey, Italy, Greece, climbing the pyramids in Egypt, horseback riding on the Pampas of Argentina, deep sea diving in Belize, or the Caymans.

He retired on his ranch in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Rob became a part of the community by generously offering his time by establishing a school to teach English to indigents, opening a neighborhood store, sponsoring a soccer team, teaching horseback riding and swimming as well as sponsoring many youngsters for their 1st Communions, Confirmations and 15th birthdays (quinceaneras). He will be missed by all. Donations may be made in his honor to your favorite charity.

Published in from July 29 to July 31, 2016

Special Note:
Many of you may be unaware that Robin and Patrice Viles ‘68 were the only two, and the very first graduates, who began their freshman year at the new facility in Balgat and completed all four high school years at George C. Marshall.
~ Courtesy Lyn Viles '66

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