A nationally renowned real estate investor, died on August 13th, 2014 peacefully at the age of 94.
Robert was born in San Francisco, California, on July 6, 1920. He is the son of the late Allard and Elicia McNeil. He leaves his loving wife Carole McNeil, children, step-children, grandchildren and great grandchildren who adored him.
As a native of San Francisco, Robert was extremely proud to spend his academic years in the Bay Area. He earned his letter in boxing and was on the debate team at Stanford University graduating with a B.A. in Economics in 1942. He then served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He returned to Stanford to earn his law degree in 1949. A lifetime supporter of the University, he served on the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors from 1979 to 1982.
Robert's business eventually diversified into equity real estate, real estate syndication and property management. In 1968, the McNeil Corporation sponsored the first public real estate limited partnership in the nation. By the early 1980s, Robert's company had become the second largest apartment property syndicator in the nation. In 1986 Robert sold his company to a major real estate financial firm.
He and his wife, Carole, reacquired a substantial portion of his former real estate holdings and once again engaged in the real estate industry.