An Enduring Tribute

The Ithaca College community is a close one. As students, as alumni, as faculty and staff, we all share a connection with one another through our association with this amazing institution. And as much of a lasting impression as Ithaca College has on our lives, each one of us leaves an equally indelible mark on our IC community.

The faces you see below are members of our college community who have died. Here, we take a moment to reflect on their lives. We remember their generosity, their contributions, their intellect and interests. Each story describes the life of a loved one lost, offering us a chance to reconnect with a unique spirit, or make an acquaintance for the very first time.

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Robert Grindlinger '75Robert Grindlinger '75
October 15, 1953 December 21, 2014

Robert Grindlinger earned his bachelor’s in acting and directing from Ithaca College in 1975. Less than one year later, Robert was married to college sweetheart Briony James '76 (nee Jacqueline Herrmann) and living in Los Angeles, launching what would become a fruitful career in theatre.

Robert was extremely active in several theatre companies in L.A. He worked with the Newbridge School Children's Theatre; Kelrik Productions, specializing in children's theatre productions and workshops; and was a major player at Knightsbridge Theatre Company, a branch of the National American Shakespeare Company. 

He was seen in many musicals and plays including: Little Shop of Horrors and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory with Kelrik. He conducted children's workshops at Newbridge School. He appeared at Knightsbridge for King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, Lysistrata, Oedipus Rex, The Cherry Orchard, Pericles, Macbeth, Edward II, Into the Woods, and Arsenic and Old Lace. Robert also had a star turn two years running as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Briony, and his sister, Gail Grindlinger Hughes. 

Hawaiian shirts blossom
bright as summer
your clothes are memories
and shared smiles

c. Briony James 2015