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Robert "Bob" Nathan Jr. '74 May 11, 2023 4:01 PM updated: May 11, 2023 4:09 PM

Robert Lindsay Nathan, Jr. 

September 24, 1952 - February 14, 2023 

Robert Lindsay Nathan, Jr. of Canyon Lake, TX passed away after a short battle with cancer on February 14, 2023.

"Bama", "Lindsay", "Robert" or "Bob" was born in New Orleans, LA on September 24, 1952 to Robert Lindsay Nathan and Rhea Fonde Nathan who both predeceased him.

Lindsay is survived by his brother Lawrence Bruce Nathan (nephews Lawrence Tyler Nathan and Robert Parker Nathan); his sister Judy Nathan Cisco and her husband William Thomas Cisco (nephew Thomas Nathan Cisco); and his brother John Harrington Nathan (wife Donna Bowling Nathan, predeceased) (nieces Rhea Fonde Nathan, Sarah Winston Nathan and nephew John Harrington Nathan, Jr.)

Robert spent most of his childhood in Sheffield, AL before moving to Texas during high school. He graduated from Memorial High School in Houston in 1970 and went to Texas A&M where he obtained his Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design (1974) and his Masters in Architecture (1976). He then traveled the world working in construction management where he developed a stellar reputation for perfection and reliability with his peers in the industry. He retired in 2017 and moved back to a favorite spot, the Phish Kamp at Canyon Lake, TX. He also spent these retirement years designing and building a home and art/music studio in Trinidad, CO.

Bama was loved by so many for his peaceful loving nature, his kindness and sincerity, his quick and gentle wit, his extreme intellect and truthfulness, and his love of music and the arts. He was a gifted singer and songwriter and traveled the world playing his music. He produced four albums and will have a fifth produced and completed posthumously. He generously gave his money and time to other musicians to pursue their dreams, and he made the Phish Kamp, his home/cabin/campsite a revolving door for friends and strangers to drop by to pick a few songs and enjoy the camaraderie that some believe only musicians and artists can fully appreciate. He called the Phish Kamp the world's "open source art project." He often spoke of the need for everyone in the world to contribute artistically in their best way for the benefit of mankind.

Lindsay was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Sheffield, AL where he spent his childhood. Throughout his life, he donated to the church and would visit it whenever he was back in Alabama. It was at church camp in his younger years when he developed his love for playing the guitar because the older guys that played "got the attention of the girls."

After cremation, Robert has requested that his ashes be scattered in two places-his property on his mini-mountain in Tarpley, TX and at his beloved childhood lake home on the Tennessee River in Sheffield, AL. These services will be held at a later date for his family. He has requested that in lieu of flowers, any donation or gifts be made to the O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.


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