A native of Manitowoc, Dr. Robert A. Dickens '63 graduated from LU with a Bachelor of Arts in biology. He earned his M.D. at Tufts University and began collecting art as a medical intern in Madison, where he met the artist Warrington Colescott and purchased a print from him. While living in Worcester, Mass., Dr. Dickens operated his own art gallery near his medical office, which specialized in limited edition prints and photographs.
Dr. Dickens has donated an extensive and varied collection of contemporary works on paper to Lawrence University to date, including works by Colescott, David Lynch, Carol Summers, Robert Kushner, Sam Gilliam, Ann McCoy, Michael Mazur, and Richard Bosman (at left), among others.