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CRONIN, Robert F.

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CRONIN, Robert F. (Brockton, MA, Sept. 30, 1939--Dubuque, IA, Jan. 10, 2001). In twenty-three years in the speech communication department of LORAS COLLEGE, Cronin served as department chair, adviser to department majors, and summer admissions counselor. He chaired the arts and lecture series that brought first-class art events to the campus for seven years. He initiated the Loras Cares Program. Cronin's playwriting career included five one-act and ten full-length plays.

Active in the Dubuque art community, Cronin was a co-founder and first president of the Dubuque Fine Arts Society (later the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society) and was instrumental in founding the National One-Act Play Competition. He was a board of directors member for the DUBUQUE ARTS COUNCIL and represented the city on the Iowa Association of Local Art Agencies. Cronin also served on the board of directors of Dubuque Friendship Force and was the exchange director of Austria and Russia.

After being diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, Cronin retired from Loras and became an advocate for extended Alzheimer's disease research. In 1998 he and his wife testified before the Senate Aging and Appropriation Committee in Washington, D.C. to lobby for increased research funding. He participated in clinical research studies at the National Institutes of Health, University of Iowa, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (1)

Cronin received awards from the Wichita State University National Playwriting Contest, Samuel French National Playwriting Contest and the American Theater Associate National Playwriting Contest. In 1995 Cronin received the Elisha Darlin Arts Award from the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society. After being named Professor Emeritus, his colleagues created the Dr. Robert F. Cronin Speech Communications Scholarship.

See: Rosemary CRONIN



1. Obituaries. Telegraph Herald, August 29, 2014, p. 6A