Lisa Corinne Davis

  • Robert Reed.
    passages February 18, 2015

    Robert Reed (1938–2014)

    HE ASKED US to do drawings with coffee and tea, then paused and asked us in his most serious voice to consider what would happen if we added cream and sugar.

    —Wiley Kestner, Yale University student, 1998

    The passing of Robert Reed, a professor for almost fifty years in both the undergraduate and graduate programs at Yale University, is a great loss. A great loss not only for his wife, children, grandchildren, friends, students, and colleagues; not only for the fact that he was the only tenured African American ever in the Yale School of Art; but also for education itself as a profession, a concept,