The Triangle Club: Iowa Board of Regents

Sunday, October 20, 2013 - 11:30am to 12:45pm
Event Location: 
University Club

Robert N. Downer, Iowa City, is a member of the Iowa City law firm of Meardon, Sueppel & Downer P.L.C., with which he has been associated since receiving a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Iowa College of Law and being admitted to the Iowa Bar, both in 1963. Mr. Downer also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Iowa, awarded in 1961, and served as Student Body President in 1960-61.

Mr. Downer’s practice of law has concentrated in the fields of corporate law and trusts and estates. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in these fields since 1995. He has also been an active member of the Johnson County, Iowa State and American Bar Associations, having served as President of both the Johnson County and Iowa State Bar Associations. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, for which he served as Iowa State Chair for five years, a Life Fellow of both the Iowa State and American Bar Foundations and a member of the Iowa Legal Aid Hall of Fame. He has been the recipient of the Excellence in Service Award of Legal Services Corporation of Iowa and the Award of Merit of the Iowa State Bar Association.

Additionally, Mr. Downer has been involved in a wide variety of civic organizations, including the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Iowa City, both of which he has served as President. He has also been Chair of the Iowa City Area Development Group, President of the Board of Trustees of the Iowa City Public Library, and served as a Director and Secretary of both Christian Retirement Services, Inc. and the Community Foundation of Johnson County. Currently he is a Director of the Iowa Law School Foundation and a Trustee of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association and a former Trustee of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights.


Regent Downer was appointed in 2003 and reappointed in 2009.  His term on the Board expires April 30, 2015.


Mr. Downer will speak about the role of the Board of Regents as to each of the institutions that it governs, a little bit of its 104 year history, and what I see as some of the challenges which lie ahead.


Socializer:  11:30 a.m.   Brunch:  12:00 p.m.   Program~12:45 p.m.


ANNUAL DUES:              $10.00/single  OR  $20.00/couple                             

MEALS:                            $20.20/person


Please make out check to:  The Triangle Club           and send by      Thursday, October  17, 2013


to            Dr. Axel Ruprecht

                The University of Iowa


Iowa City  IA 52242-1001



FUTURE DATES:                   November 17: Marc Moen, Iowa City Developer
January 19: Jerry Schnoor, China
February 16: Joe Bolkom, State Senator
March 16: Sean O'Harrow, Director, UI Museum of Art
April 27: George Weiner, Director, UI Holden Comprehensive  Cancer Center