Spire, Robert M.
- Existence: 1925-1994
Robert M. Spire (1925-1994) was a Nebraska lawyer, human rights activist, and philanthropist. He served as a member of the University of Omaha Board of Regents from 1963 through 1968, when the University of Omaha merged with the University of Nebraska and became the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was instrumental in establishing the School of Public Affairs and Community Service at UNO in 1972, and upgrading it to the College of Public Affairs and Community Service (CPACS) in 1973. He also served as Nebraska Attorney General from 1985 until 1991, and special counsel and chief of staff to U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey from 1991 until 1992. Throughout his life, he was active in numerous community, professional, and philanthropic organizations. He was married to Elaine (Phillips) Spire, with three daughters: Ruth, Louise, and Jessie. In 1995, Elaine Spire and CPACS established the Robert P. Spire Development Fund to support CPACS students based on academic merit and financial need.