[Oe List ...] Death of Robert Shropshire

Otto, Ken ottok at crcl.net
Thu May 31 08:37:58 PDT 2012

I was also in this Academy with Evelyn and remember his anger about
asking permission to marry in the Order.  Every time I came into his
presence after Academy, winter of '74  humor and joy would enter my
being.  It was so good to see this man's courage and action.  I pray he
is at peasce with the Mystery now. 
Ken Otto


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Robert Shropshire taught my academy and made me laugh and he made me
think about racism, reverse racism, what blocks each of us from being
our potential is just a story, which we can change, simple as that.
(Then he got angry about getting married and he did a collegium which
just blew everyone away.)

He was also a facilitator for the Gibson Human Development Project
Consult in Gibson, North Carolina. I remember when he said he had never
seen a Southern town like Gibson before. He kept singing this song about
the company store under his breath. Those of us who were there knew what
he meant. And then he turned around and said that as a Black African
American man his role was about healing -  accountability, absolution
and healing. Then he went and did the Contradiction workshop. It was

He held everyone accountable, white, black, American Indians,
everyone.Then he said it was time for forgiveness. The room was silent.
Everyone looked at the white Mayor, who ran the company store. Then it
was like a revival. Amen, Amen, Amens were said all around, started
first by the Black reverends, and the black school principal, then
everyone....  (Or at least that is how I remember it.)

Later,  he said, may be he would go to hell for this, but that is what
he needed to do. Amen to men of courage like Robert Shropshire. Sing the
Gibson Town Song under your breath and then Amazing Grace. 

His mother is named Evelyn and his daughter is named Evelyn...I never
met anyone besides Bob who knew another Evelyn. I am so sorry to hear of
his death. I somehow feel he is some where laughing with the Mystery
expecting great things from us all to carry out God's unfinished work. 

My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends and colleagues who
lived, and worked with Robert Shropshire, a very courageous man indeed.

Evelyn Kurihara Philbrook.  

On 5/31/2012 10:59 AM, jsloan45 at gmail.com wrote: 

	I am saddened to hear of Robert's death. I often wondered what
ever happened with him. He, Carlos and I enjoyed many long and wrenching
conversations in appropriating being black in American and in the Order.
I have fond memories of teaching the Urban Academy with him. He was a
true treasure, and I pray that his soul is at peace. 
	Joyce Sloan
	On , E B <marosel2000 at yahoo.com> <mailto:marosel2000 at yahoo.com>
	> It is a sad day to hear of Robert's death. He was dean of my
first and second Academy.
	> May God have mercy and welcome him into His Kingdom. 
	> Our deepest condolences to his bereaved family.
	> Elsa Batica
	> Minneapolis, MN
	> From: George Holcombe geowanda1 at me.com>
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	> Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2012 7:15 PM
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	> Conna Wilkerson told me that Robert died Tuesday night at his
mother's home in Chicago.  A service will be held for him on Saturday.
	> Wanda and I will never forget Robert.  When he arrived at
Mowanjum, he was the star of the show, everyone thought he was the
greatest.  Years later Robert and I had a great time playing music at
the summer programs.  I'm sure others of us have memories of Robert,
	> George Holcombe
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