Statement from Chancellor J. Keith Motley
“The University of Massachusetts Boston has lost a true friend in Robert Quinn.
“Bob was a strong advocate for access to public higher education, and as a co-founder of UMass Boston, he opened the doors to urban public higher education in our city.
“Bob’s contributions to the commonwealth extend far beyond our campus. He served the people of Massachusetts for many years as a state legislator, house speaker, and attorney general. We were proud to recognize his unwavering commitment to public service and higher education in 1987 with the establishment of the Robert H. Quinn Award, which is given each year to members of the community who embody his ideals.
“We will miss Bob dearly, but we are gratified that he was able to see the university he helped found mark its 50th anniversary this year as Boston’s premier urban public research university. Our thoughts are with Bob’s wife, Claudina, and his family.”