Robert Leo Brent was born December 23, 1941 in Chicago, Ill; died May 24, 2019, at the age of 77, in East Lansing, MI. He was educated at Ferris State University, Michigan State University (MSU) and the Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. For more than 30 years, Robert worked as University Artist at MSU, creating a legacy of design and interpretation that will live on for generations. After MSU, Robert owned and operated the design firm Robert Brent Illustration in East Lansing, MI until his death. In addition to a superlative artistic talent, Robert’s family remembers fondly his humor, intelligence and kindness for animals. He died surrounded by the people and pets who loved him. Preceded in death by his sister, poet Barbara Brent Brower, daughter Elizabeth Jane Brent and mother Josephine Brent (née Stresen-Reuter), Robert is survived by his wife, Nancy, his son Andrew, his daughter-in-law Katherine (née Haun) and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Robert Brent.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Calhoun County Animal Center, 165 Union Street South, Battle Creek, Michigan, 49014.