OBITUARY

Dr. Robert Mead Quackenbush

July 23, 1929May 17, 2021
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Dr. Robert Mead Quackenbush

Dr. Robert Mead Quackenbush passed away peacefully on May 17, 2021. Robert was, and is, truly extraordinary. He celebrated the gift of life daily and found joy in every single moment. Robert exuded vibrance, charm and kindness in each interaction and was truly present with others in any moment he shared with you. Robert was an acclaimed children’s book illustrator and author. He was also a psychotherapist and his commitment to, and skill for, the arts, literacy and mental health has left a lasting impact on many, many lives.

Robert was devoted to his family and was an adoring husband to his wife Margery (Clouser) of 50 years, his son, Piet Robert, daughter-in-law, Teresa, and his grandchildren, Aidan Pieter and Emma Anne. Robert was the epitome of an Opa and his love for Aidan and Emma was endless. His playful spirit of inventing characters and doing art together will forever be a cherished memory.

Robert was truly dedicated to living a purpose-driven life and was an example of integrity, grace, courage, kindness and simplicity...with a keen sense of humor. Although he authored and illustrated over 200 children's books, gave so much service by traveling the world to share his art and literacy with others, Robert continually encouraged himself and others to always learn new things. Mostly, Robert was an example to always appreciate what is right in front of you.

It's incredibly difficult to find the words to capture what our husband, Dad and Opa embodied and will always mean to us. He was also the most humble man, so he would not want much more said other than please make the most of all the moments today and tomorrow.

We love you endlessly, Robert, Dad and Opa.

We encourage everyone to celebrate Robert’s love of art, invention and creativity by visiting his website:

http://www.rquackenbush.com/

Robert spent many years in his NYC studio painting and teaching others the magic of art!

Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to:

https://societyillustrators.org/support-the-society/ Support of artists

https://www.nysoclib.org/members/make-donation Support of literacy and language development for children

http://www.hollandsociety.org/donate/ Robert was a life-long member of his beloved Holland Society

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, May 21, 2021

  • Celebration of the Life of Robert Quackenbush- Funeral Service

    Friday, May 21, 2021

Memories

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Beth Abernathy

June 23, 2021

Mr. Quackenbush was delightful to our family years ago in 2007 during a vacation to New York City! Gracious, interested in our two daughters, personable! Our visit with him at his studio has been and will always be a favored memory of that vacation!

Brett Laquercia

June 23, 2021

I went to the Studio on 11th Street with Piet when I was a kid. He was quite a bit younger than I. I remember the gentle, soft spoken presence of Robert and Margery at the school. Of course we had, and read Roberts books at the school, and it was something of a Marvel knowing he had written and illustrated them. He and his books are in some way part of the fabric of my life. Warm wishes and condolences to Margery, Piet and the rest of the family.

Stephanie Calmenson

June 22, 2021

It was my honor and joy be Bob's editor on the Henry the Duck and Sherlock Chick series for Parents Magazine's Book Club. Actually, there wasn't much "editing" involved because Bob was such a pro. He was kind, funny, gracious, and generously used his talents to delight and enrich children's lives. My deepest condolences to all the family he loved so dearly.

Carol lerner

June 14, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in sweet memories of Robert.

John R Vermillionn

June 1, 2021

My wife attended Robert's writer workshops, and Robert was a great inspiration and encouragement to her. My grandson, Joey,
had art lessons with Robert and traded letters with Robert that we will always treasure. We made it a tradition to dine with Robert and Margery when we made our annual trips to New York. La Goulue, the Leopard at Des Artistes and the great little German restaurant near their apartment come to mind. Robert will always be in our hearts, and we wish the best to Margery and the family. We will definitely be in touch when we are in New York.
John R Vermillion

Richard Friedman

May 24, 2021

I didn't know Robert well, but we did share two summers in Los Angeles studying at the California Graduate Institute almost fifty years ago. I wanted to write this note to his family because I remember my interactions with Robert with such fondness. I admire his curiosity, his essential kindness, and the generosity with which he always treated me and everyone in our group. He touch my life only briefly, but he left me enriched. If a Dutch-American family will allow me an untranslatable word from another culture, Robert was a mensch.

Doris Quackenbush

May 20, 2021

I have been blessed to have had Robert in my life for over 68 years. He was the most wonderful brother in law ever! He is leaving a vacant spot in all our lives! My heart goes out to Margery, Piet, Teresa, Aiden and Emma.

Dorothy Storey

May 20, 2021

My Cousin Bob was a blessing to me and to my mother, Bob's Aunt Marion. It was with all my love for Bob that I "returned" the three beautiful watercolors of Venice he painted for my mother. There are too many wonderful, funny, loving memories of my Quackenbush family to share here, so I keep them in my heart, with my love for Cousin Bob.

Jodi Kosofsky

May 20, 2021

I am sending my heartfelt condolences to Margery and her family.

anthony DeLuca

May 20, 2021

always admired and will be missed

in our prayers,

Very Rev. Chorbishop Anthony DeLuca, LP
and Dr. Andrea DeLuca LP

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