A Will for Sharing


Donor Robert D. Harper with his beloved hibiscus

Robert D. (Bob) Harper had a dream for the San Antonio Museum of Art. A member since 1998 and frequent volunteer, Mr. Harper regularly attached handwritten notes to his membership renewals urging the Museum to open an inviting restaurant where visitors could gather, refuel and unwind.

Even once a restaurant was added in 2009, Mr. Harper felt so strongly about its future that upon his death last November at 86 the Museum received a $1.5 million gift that comprised the majority of his state. His will specified the gift be used to maintain a restaurant and to provide funding for traveling exhibitions “which might not otherwise be brought to San Antonio.” SAMA is already in the midst of refreshing its restaurant with a new concept and a new chef, but Mr. Harper’s gift now makes the vision of a renovated Hops House and expanded restaurant possible (stay tuned for more details)—as well as some exciting exhibitions!

Planned gifts like Mr. Harper’s have an exponential effect on the Museum. The newly launched Legacy Society recognizes such generous donors. In addition to including SAMA in one’s will, other types of giving allow the donor to reap benefits during his or her lifetime and provide for loved ones while supporting the Museum. For information about planned gifts, please contact our Development Office, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

This information is of a general nature and the donor should seek advice from the donor’s own legal and tax counselor.