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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.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Academic Hoods of Robert M. Spire, circa 1985-1989

 Item — Box: Apparel [27]
Scope and Contents Two academic hoods belonging to Robert M. Spire, University of Omaha Board of Regents 1963-1968. Also included is a photocopy of pages from the 1985 UNO commencement program and the 1989 Hastings College commencement program when Spires was the commencement speaker.

Robert M. Spire Papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UNO-0096
Scope and Contents The Robert M. Spire Papers comprise a large collection of papers, speeches, programs, writings, reports, articles, manuscripts, treatises, dissertations, correspondence, transcripts, files, poems, sheet music, audio cassettes, VHS video cassettes, photographs, awards, plaques, certificates, news clippings, pamphlets, autographed books, ephemera, and various works by or in possession of Robert M. Spires. The collection covers his entire career, including his years of service on the University...