Robert N. Mayer

1949–2015

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A Trustee since 1983, Rob Mayer grew up with the burgeoning MCA due to the involvement of his mother, Life Trustee Buddy Mayer, and was part of the museum's formation and growth since the MCA’s early days.

Rob played an instrumental role in the creation of our Teen Creative Agency, an invaluable asset for Chicago youth and a source of vibrancy at the MCA. His knowledge of museum interpretation and deep understanding of audience engagement has underpinned the creation of our innovative educational programming. As a leader on issues of aging and accessibility, Rob helped the museum become an inclusive, generous, and welcoming space for all audiences. At every education committee meeting, he always pushed us further; he never settled for less than the best. He played an instrumental role in the Engagement Zone Charrette in June 2015, and his thoughtful contributions will manifest itself in the next chapter of the MCA as the new space comes to life.

A well-regarded advisor in philanthropy, Rob guided numerous grants and gifts to the MCA, and was a driving force in the tremendous gift his family made to name the Beatrice and Robert B. Mayer Education Center, a leadership gift that kicked off the museum’s building campaign for its present home. In addition, Rob and his family made wonderful gifts of art to the museum by artists such as Enrico Baj, Lee Bontecou, Robert Morris, Louise Nevelson and Andy Warhol.

Rob and his family are a legendary and beloved part of our community. We will miss his voice, vision, and ardent commitment to our work and his legacy will remain long-lasting.

Rob and Buddy Mayer, Photo © MCA Chicago.