The Center for Public Policy Priorities mourns the passing of Robert Moss Ayres, Jr. on June 19, 2018. Robert and his wife, Patricia Shield Ayres, have been loyal CPPP friends and supporters for over fifteen years. Grounded in family values, the Ayres have played a foundational role in advancing public policies that help Texans of all backgrounds reach their full potential.
The Ayres have a long history of helping others and supporting worthy causes. In 1972, Robert assisted the Episcopal Church’s relief work in Honduras after Hurricane Fifi and in the aftermath of an earthquake afflicting neighboring Guatemala. He also served The Episcopal School of Texas and the University of the South as Vice Chancellor and President from 1977 through 1988. Together, Robert and Patricia founded the Shield-Ayres Foundation in 1977 to strengthen organizations that effectively meet the basic human needs of the most vulnerable, provide access to educational opportunity and the arts, advocate for social justice, and promote land and water conservation.
“Robert cared deeply about helping all Texans succeed. During our conversations about public policy, I recall his smart questions and his compassion for those less fortunate,” said Ann Beeson, CEO. CPPP will remember Robert fondly through our ongoing efforts to create the best state for working families.
CPPP extends our deep condolences to Patricia and family. We remain humbled by Robert’s noble dedication to enriching Texan’s quality of life while championing equity.
In lieu of flowers, the Ayres family has graciously requested gifts to the Robert M. Ayres Jr. Scholarship Fund at the University of the South, St. Mary’s Sewanee: The Ayres Center for Spiritual Development, or to the charity of your choice.