Although long-time Jacksonville University friend, advisor, fund-raiser and supporter Robert T. “Bob” Shircliff died last week at age 91, his impact is ingrained into the institution he adopted as one of his own.
“Bob was the rarest of global business executives, true philanthropists and visionary community stewards,” said Jacksonville University President Tim Cost ’81. “His warm association with our university spanned nearly 50 years.
“For decades, Bob stood firmly for the bedrock principles we believe in as a premier university and influence on young lives: respect, service, integrity, trust, work ethic, character, optimism, truth, humor and constantly – always – paying it forward. We were all so fortunate to be welcomed into his circle of friends.”
A vigil, committal service and memorial Mass are scheduled for Jan. 12 and 13. The vigil is scheduled for 6:45-8:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and the Mass for 11 a.m.-noon Jan. 13 both at St. Matthew Catholic Church, 1773 Blanding Blvd. The committal service will be at 9:30-10 a.m. Jan. 13 at Evergreen Cemetery, 4535 N. Main St.
For decades, Mr. Shircliff helped shape success at the University as a member and Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees and most recently a member of the Public Policy Institute Board of Advisors.
“He told me once that philanthropy not only changes the life of the recipient, it changes the life of the giver,” said Rick Mullaney, Founding Director of the Public Policy Institute at Jacksonville University. “His life and his legacy will last for decades to come.”
Mr. Shircliff successfully chaired the University’s Campaign 2000, which at the time was one of the largest fund-raising efforts in Northeast Florida history, and was a leader in the recent ASPIRE Campaign, which raised more than $121 million.
In addition to fund-raising, Mr. Shircliff often contributed his own money to help the University grow both physically and academically. His support helped maintain Shircliff Hall at the Village Apartments and name the Shircliff Conference Room in the Brooks Rehabilitation Center of Health Care Sciences.
Mr. Shircliff also made the University the beneficiary of his Charitable Remainder Trust, which will be managed on the University’s behalf by The Community Foundation of Jacksonville.
The University celebrates and memorializes Mr. Shircliff’s fund-raising efforts and almost 40 years of annual financial support of the University with our Shircliff Circle annual giving society, the University’s largest giving society. The Shircliff Circle honors the individuals, corporations and foundations who make gifts to Jacksonville University for three or more consecutive years. Their consistent support of the University advances our mission to prepare our students for lifelong success in learning, achieving, leading and serving.