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The Source: Director, Designer, Inspirer: Robert Rehm's Was A Life Less Ordinary

Credit Robert Rehm's Facebook Page


Before his death on Sunday at the age of 61, Robert Rehm was a theater director, a graphic designer, and an arts philanthropist in San Antonio for decades.

His work at Jefferson High School's theater department inspired many students to pursue a career in the medium. His graphic design graced chests from Texas Public Radio members, with his donated design for a TPR shirt, to Paul McCartney, who wore one of his designs for the animal-welfare group PETA.

His life shone as an example of how to deal with adversity. For the past 10 years, Rehm had been wheelchair-bound after a fall from a theater stage broke his back and left him a quadriplegic. Rather than give up what he loved, he continued to direct. He continued to make art. And he continued to inspire.

What are your stories of Robert Rehm?


  • Chuck Squier, friend and longtime collaborator at the Jump-Start Performance company
  • Gretchen Bernabei, friend and coworker at Jefferson High School
  • John Bloodsworth, longtime friend 

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive