- Robert Livingston Ireland, Jr.
Ireland was born in Cleveland and attended
University Schoolin Shaker Heights, Ohioand went on to college at The Taft Schoolin Watertown, Connecticut. Ireland graduated from Asheville Schoolin North Carolinain 1914. From 1914-1915 he also attended Phillips Andover Academyfollowed by studying miningengineering at Yale University. Ireland left Yale during World War I and enlisted in the Naval Reserve Flying Corps.
Ireland had a long career with the
M.A. Hanna Companyfounded by his father-in-law, Howard Melville Hanna. He also had a long run with Consolidation Coal Company. From 1920-1924, Ireland worked for Susquehanna Collieries Company, a subsidiary of Hanna Coal Company in Pennsylvania. In 1924, Ireland returned to Cleveland in and became an assistant to the general manager of SCC. He worked his way up in Hanna Coal and became manager in 1929 followed by president in 1931. When Consolidation Coal Companypurchased Hanna Coal, Ireland became chairmanof the executive committee followed by vice-chairman of the board of directors. Ireland then retired in 1966.
He was an active civic leader and active in
politicsserving on the board of directorsof several organizations. He financially supported all the arts but disliked operaand classical music. His first wife and daughter Louise were great Opera enthusiasts. They promoted and supported the Metropolitan Opera's annual tour visit to Cleveland where Liv played to role of announcer bouncer at a high society reception before the opera. A few minute prior to the start of the opera he would proceed through the reception with a loud noise maker telling everyone to head up to the auditorium. When the group had departed, he would retreat to a small office and work. He was a prominent figure in the local and state Republican Party and through his friend, Governor Jim Rhodes, funding was approved for The Ireland Cancer Center at University Hospitals in his memory. [ [http://ech.case.edu/ech-cgi/article.pl?id=IRLJ Case Western Reserve: Encyclopedia of Cleveland History] ]
Active in civic affairs, Mr. Ireland served as president of the board of trustees of the Hawken School, Cleveland, and as a trustee of St. Timothy's School, Baltimore, Md. He was a member of the finance committee of the Day Nursery Association, chairman of the investment committee of the Visiting Nurse Association, and a member of the advisory committee on investments of the Benjamin Rose Institute, all in Cleveland. Additionally, he was a member of the board of governors of Western Reserve University, a trustee of the Cleveland Zoological Society, and chairman of the finance committee of the University Hospitals in Cleveland.
Ireland was an avid sportsman and with close friend
David S. Ingallsand the two co-owned two quail hunting plantations, Ring Oak Plantationand Foshalee Plantationin Leon County, Floridanorth of Tallahassee. [Paisley, Clifton, "From Cotton To Quail: An Agricultural Chronicle of Leon County, Florida, 1860-1967", University of Florida Press, 1968. ISBN 13: 978-0-8130-0718-2 pp. 91-92]
Ireland was an sailing enthusiast with a series of boats named Pandora (I - IV) in which he cruised the east coast of the United States and the Bahamas from his residence in Pemquid Cove, Maine and Nassau Harbor Club, Bahamas. He was a member of the Cruising Club of America and competed in the Bermuda Race many times. While in the Bahamas his local guide was Vivian Pinder of Spanish Wells, reputed to be the greatest spear fisherman in the Bahamas.
Ireland married Margaret Allen Hanna in 1918 and together had four children: Mrs. Louise Humphrey, R. Livingston III, Melville H., and Kate Ireland. Margaret died October 22, 1961. He then married his first cousin, Mrs. Louise Ireland Grimes in 1967. They had no children. Ireland died April 21, 1981 and is buried in
Lake View Cemetery.
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