Robert Dowling turned 75 on September 9, 1970. For the occasion, the City Investing Company presented him with a special collection of remembrances. In addition to providing an overview of his life, the collection included a number of personal tributes written by prominent men and women who had known and worked with Dowling over the course of the 20th century.
To give a sense of the breadth and depth of the man, as well as of the company he kept, here are some of those tributes:
Many men have left their mark on the City of New York. Some have damaged it by their profligacy or neglect. Others, like Bob Dowling, have endowed and enhanced it through their generosity, their leadership, and their achievement. To speak of the twentieth century development of New York as the continuous growth of a great city is to speak in some measure of the accomplishments and visions of Robert W. Dowling. And that is high praise.
For all of those whose lives he has touched – for all New Yorkers – I express my very real thanks.
John V. Lindsay
[Two-term mayor of New York City, 1966-1973]
We of the New York Theatre are very grateful that Bob Dowling took a liking to us. Where would we be without his enthusiasm and generosity and wisdom and taste. Many happy returns of this fine day.
With pleasure and pride I join your other friends in wishing you a most happy seventy-fifth birthday and in congratulating you on a rich and wonderful record of service and concern for your fellow man.
Your concern and your work in behalf of a better life for others has made a difference and America is in your debt.
My best wishes always.
Lyndon B. Johnson
It is a special pleasure, a uniquely happy one, to join your many friends in saluting you on the occasion of your 75th birthday. To work with you has been one of the happier tasks of our mutual efforts on behalf of Carnegie Hall. And to know you is to know a man of infinite good will, a generous heart unburdened by bias to any human being and angered only by injustice.
May God grant you many years of happy, healthy life.
Most cordially yours,