Robinson Cooke Trowbridge

December 25, 1928January 26, 2013

Robinson Cooke Trowbridge, 84, formerly of Providence, RI, Westport Harbor MA and Vero Beach FL, passed away on Saturday, January 26th, 2013. Rob was born on Christmas Day in Providence RI. He was the son of the late Charles Eastman Trowbridge and the late Adelaide Cooke Trowbridge and the brother of the late Charles Eastman Trowbridge, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 60 years, Sally Lee Davis Trowbridge of Providence, RI, Westport, MA and Vero Beach, FL: his 3 daughters: Alicia Lee Trowbridge Patterson of Dover, MA, Susan Trowbridge Young of New Canaan, CT and Carrie Robinson Trowbridge Law of Westwood, MA and Westport, MA; his 3 son-in-laws: David Lyman Patterson, William Birch Young and Duncan Keith Law Jr. and his 6 grandchildren: Katie Lee Patterson, Scott Herbert Patterson, Alexandra Elizabeth Young, William Trowbridge Young, Duncan Keith Law III and Robinson Cooke Trowbridge Law. Rob graduated from the Kearney Nebraska High School in 1946 and attended Brown University. He served in the U.S. Army in Beppu Kyushu Japan and later served in the U.S. Air Force Strategic Air command based in Fort Worth Texas. Rob was the Co-founder and President of Creamer, Trowbridge, Case & Basford, Inc., an advertising and public relations agency with offices in Providence, New York, Pittsburgh, Boston and Hartford. He was the recipient of the RI Advertising Club Silver Medal 1968, Vice Chairman of the New England Council of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and elected to the New England Advertising Hall of Fame in 1982. Rob retired from advertising in 1983 and started his own Consulting Company, offering consulting services to businesses and professional organizations and to advertising and public relations agencies. Under his direction as Chairman of the board of trustees of the Providence Lying In Hospital, for over 25 years, the facility was moved to the RI Hospital complex and became the Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. He was a major force in the creation of Care New England, a member of the W&I and RI Hospital Advisory Committees and the W&I nominating and marketing committees. Rob was also Chairman of the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, now merged into the University of Massachusetts, South Dartmouth, Director of the RI Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Rhode Island as well as President of the Providence Boys and Girls Clubs. Rob was a member of the Board of Governors of the Agawam Hunt Club and a member of the Hope and Turks Head Clubs in Providence, RI. He was the Golf Chairman at the Moorings Club in Vero Beach, Fl and a President and Honorary Governor of the Acoaxet Club, Westport Harbor MA as well as a co-founder of the Spindle Rock Yacht Club, Westport, MA

A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, February 2, 2013 in The United Congregational Church of Little Compton in Little Compton, RI. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rob’s memory may be made to The Women & Infants Hospital, 101 Dudley Street, Providence, RI, 02905 or to the Charlton Memorial Hospital, 363 Highland Ave, Fall River, MA 02720.



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David Barrall MD

March 6, 2013

Fond memories of visiting in Westport

With sympathy,

David T. Barrall MD

February 19, 2013

What an impressive man!!! And what an impressive family!!!!

February 10, 2013

To the Trowbridge family,

Please know it was my honor to care for Rob in the final year of his life. He was a grand man. Thank you for sharing him with me.

-Laurie Pavao, LPN Sakonnet Bay Manor

February 4, 2013

Dear Sally--
George White here. Rob was a marvelous boss, mentor and friend. I could never calculate all he meant to me during the 12 years I was at Creamer Trowbridge and beyond. The memorial service was lovely... the "red hat finale" a memory. Seeing you brave and smiling was a comfort. Sorry I could not make it to the reception. Carolyn sends her thoughts. God bless. George

February 2, 2013

Dear Mrs. Trowbridge, Alicia, Susan, and Carrie, you may not remember me, but I took care of you many years ago. You all were wonderful to me and I enjoyed my time with you all. It is with much sadness to hear of Mr. Trowbridge's passing. My sincerest sympathy goes out to all of you.Thinking of you at this difficult time. Sincerely, Janis Alves-Beecher.

February 2, 2013

18 years of wonderful memories that began at 49 Peck Street. Deepest sympathy. Bob & Barbara Higgins

Joanne Comeau

February 1, 2013

Dear Sally and family,
It was an honor and privilege for Bill and me to work with Rob at Creamer in the early 1980's.
His leadership, dedication to his clients and staff and sense of humor made Creamer a great place to work. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Judith Rice Vandegriff

January 31, 2013

Sally ,
When I think of Rob, I see the original, and imaginative Christmas cards and the sailing-image tiled coffee table that the two of you designed. I have noted that all that talent has passed onto Rob's family.

January 31, 2013

Sally and girls. I am so sorry to hear about your lossing Rob/Dad! I so well remember your father when he used to come to Bradford to see your Mother!! I also have fond memories of their wedding. Sal, remember when you sailed all the way from Vero Beach to Naples with Rob in that open boat? I thought you were really brave!
You are amazing Sally, for the many years of devotion. You are an inspiration to others! I will be with you in thought and prayers Saturday and talk when you get back to FL...CA is a bit too far.

January 30, 2013

Sally: God Bless You. Your tireless love and attention to Rob was an inspiration to us all. And what a gift he was to all of us. Good job, Sally, good and loyal servant. Bruce