In Memory of Rob Roy Kelly

Dear Colleagues, Students, Friends and the Kelly Family,
We lost one of the last of a generation of pioneers of graphic design education. Rob Roy Kelly passed away in Tempe, Arizona on Friday, 23 January 2004, at age 78.

Rob developed some of the best graphic design programs at schools nationwide, many of which became a blueprint for programs at other schools. These schools were influenced by his innovative ideas on formalism, teaching, and curriculum development. Rob had a disciplined and an unflinching vision of what constitutes excellence in teaching graphic design. Rob Roy Kelly is greatly missed by all of us, but he will never be forgotten.



Rob Roy Kelly Legacy Fund

This Fund was established by his widow, Mary Helen Kelly, to support the archiving of Rob Roy Kelly's teaching materials, enhancement of this website, and the publishing of a book: The Collected Writings of Rob Roy Kelly: Everything is a Work in Progress. If you wish to honor Rob Roy Kelly's life's accomplishments, you may make a gift on-line with a credit card by going to this site: and selecting Rob Roy Kelly Legacy Fund located under the Colleges and other Funds section. Or you may send a check payable to: RIT Rob Roy Kelly Legacy Fund, and mail it to:

RIT Office of Development
Box 92765
Rochester, NY 14692-8865

If you have any questions about making a gift to the Fund, please contact the Development Office at 585-475-5500.




Professor R. Roger Remington
Rochester Institute of Technology

Professor Bruce Ian Meader
Rochester Institute of Technology

Professor Gordon Salchow
University of Cincinnati




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