Robert N. Sears & Clara “Peggy” B. Sears

Fine & Performing Arts

Robert N. Sears (1915-1995) and Clara “Peggy” B. Sears (1918-2009)

Robert was born in New York City, New York, and graduated from East High School in Salt Lake City, Utah. He received his BA degree from the University of Utah in 1936 and and an MBA from Harvard University two years later. He was chair of the National Advisory Council and a director of the Utah Symphony Orchestra.

Peggy was born in Bountiful, Utah, and graduated from Davis HS. She enrolled in comptometer school and upon completion of the course work, took a position with Shell Oil. Peggy is a recipient of an Honorary Doctor of Humanities degree from Dixie State College.

Together, Robert and Peggy have been a major force behind cultural enrichment at Dixie State. Robert, a retired senior vice president and director of Phillips Petroleum, worked tirelessly with Peggy to establish the Robert N. and Peggy Sears Dixie Invitational Art Show in 1987. The event has become one of the most popular, well attended, exhibits in the state of Utah. They organized the first National Advisory Council for Dixie State College, with Robert serving as chairman for the first three years.

Robert and Peggy have been wonderful benefactors of the College. They have created an art scholarship endowment, in addition to donating sculptures and paintings. They also created the sculpture garden on campus, and it is their vision for a museum of fine arts at Dixie. The Sears were awarded the Utah Governors Award for Excellence in the Arts. Their service and professional experience have been great gifts to Dixie State. The Sears have three children and seven grandchildren.