This is not a complete timeline of Robert’s accomplishments. It was pieced together from articles found in a personal file and information from his vita. Articles are in pdf format. They are large. Be patient, it’s worth the wait to read.
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1964 to 1966
Crypto-analyst, U.S. Army
1967 to 1970
Rosso and Mastracco, Norfolk, Virginia
ODC Pickets Fight Ban on Newsletter by Donna Weatherly
ODC Students To Try Eight Who Reprinted Obscene Poem by Richard C. Bayer
Computer Dances To Artists’ Tunes by Shirley Bolanga
Computer art is dead and gone at birth by Christof Harrison
ODU Mace & Crown
The 20th Irene Leache Show
Some Outstanding Paintings by FD Cossitt
All art not created with palette, paint by Beth Ploson
ODU Art: A Colorful and Exciting Exhibit by FD Cossitt
Student Show Top Grade by FD Cossitt
Tidewater Community College Frederick Campus, Portsmouth, Virginia
New ODU gallery shows faculty art by Kay McGraw
‘Atomic Art’ Gives Gallery an Explosive Exhibit by FD Cossitt
1971 to 1978
Art Director and Designer
Office of Printing and Publications, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Duties included the supervision of a staff of copywriters and artists, management, planning, design and production of university-related collateral work.
1978 to 1989
Principle and Creative Director of McCullough, Brewer, and Train
Involved in both the day to day and long range operation and management of advertising, design and public relations services for a number of retail and service sector clients, including: Armada Hoffler Enterprises, 1984-85 • Channel Furniture, 1978-89 • Chesapeake Bank and Trust, 1984-85 • City of Norfolk, Convention & Visitors Bureau, 1979-83 • Comptek Research, 1984-85 • General Electric Marine Services, 1983-84 • Hampton General Hospital, 1980-88 • Holiday Inn Executive Center, 1983-84 • Imagination Software, 1984 • National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Langley Research Center, 1980-89 • Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Corporation, 1984-87 • Sentara Health System, 1978-88 [Leigh Memorial Hospital • Norfolk General Hospital • Optima Health Plan] • Tidewater Regional Transit Authority, 1980 • Virginia Symphony, 1979-80
Master of Fine Arts, Advertising Design
Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
Poster fit for gallery wall by Bob Trotter
New, energetic ideas in faculty exhibit by Teresa Annas
Virginian-Pilot and Ledger-Star
1980 to Present
Art Department, Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
Developed Graphic Design program for the Art Department
Designed, specified, and installed Macintosh Laboratory (42 computers, printers and other peripherals, network, printers, AV interface).
Assisted in the establishment of the Charles Sibley Scholarship Fund which provides annual awards in Art History and Studio Art.
Courses Taught Include : Painting, Graphic Design, Illustration, Airbrush, Typography, Advertising, Art Appreciation.
Up The Academy: Two fine shows from the area’s university profs by Linda McGreevy
S.P.L.A.T. – Erotic art with no air conditioning by Linda McGreevy
Co-chair Art Department
Old Dominion University, Norfolk, Virginia
‘See No Evil’ – ODU art exhibit, program explore 1st Amendment by Patrick Peterson