Eugene Delgaudio "God Calls Top Educator and Highly Respected Virginia Conservative, former Delegate Robert Thoburn"
God Calls Top Educator and Highly Respected Virginia Conservative, former Delegate Robert Thoburn
Public Advocate notes the passing of the one of the most inspirational yet casual pro-family heros in this generation.
Robert Thoburn educated thousands and was credited by observers with starting 200 private Christian schools in America.
When he started he was the first and he and his family directly educated almost 100,000 students up to the high school level. Together with the independent private school movement, there are millions of young people -- many now middle aged with their own families -- who benefited by Thoburn's singular leadership.
Members of the family have announced the passing of one of Virginia's and some argue America's top conservative educator Robert Thoburn at age 83.
A long time supporter of Bob Thoburn said "Robert Thoburn died of cancer on December 23. He was 83. He and his wife Rosemary were pioneers in the development of independent Christian schools in the United States. The Thoburns had 8 children. He leaves behind 45 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren."
People magazine said in an online article:
The Thoburns began offering seminars on how to start private schools. They helped others start at least 200 schools.
Rosemary Thoburn was a specialist in phonics. She gave classes on this. Teachers came from all over the United States to attend.
Two of her students went on to found the A Beka book publishing program, the most successful Protestant school curriculum in the United States.