Robert Richard Fair (October 21, 1925 in Kansas – February 9, 2018) was a member of the Virginia Glee Club during the Glee Club 1945-1946 and 1947-1948 seasons. While at Virginia he was also president of Sigma Chi, vice president of the class of 1950, and a member of the Raven Society, Tau Beta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Trigon, the Westminster Club, the Cavalier Daily, and president of Pi Delta Epsilon and editor in chief of the Virginia Engineering Review.
Prior to enrolling in the University of Virginia, Fair served in World War II as an enlisted man in D Company, 399th Infantry Regiment, 100th Infantry Division, seeing action on the front lines in Germany. He then completed his undergraduate in 1950 and his MBA. He lived in 39 West Range from 1946 to 1948 and in 37 West Range in 1948–1949.
After graduation, Fair started a career at Westinghouse. He remained associated with the University, participating in the planning of the Darden School, and in 1964 became part of the faculty of the Darden School, ultimately becoming an associate dean. While at Darden he led the executive education program, helped to found the University Consortium for Executive Education, served on the building committee for the current North Grounds Darden campus, and led the building of Sponsors Hall. He was also the president of the Colonnade Club and was a recipient of the Order of Constantine from Sigma Chi.
Fair remained active as a Glee Club alumnus, participating in early efforts in the 1990s to create the Virginia Glee Club Advisory Board and advising Larry Mueller on the inception of a capital campaign.
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- "Lawn Directory". University of Virginia. http://giving.virginia.edu/lawnandrange/lawn-directory/. Retrieved 2014-07-07.
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- Fair, Robert Richard (1997). "Some Memories (autobiography)". http://www.marshallfoundation.org/RobertFair.htm. Retrieved 2014-01-10.