Mercer loses beloved icon and former Cluster editor-in-chief


Robert L. Steed. Photo courtesy of Mercer University Marketing Communications.

The Cluster and Mercer lost one of its own with the death of alumnus, Robert L. Steed.

Steed graduated from Mercer in 1958 and was a lifelong icon and trustee of the school. He died in his home in Buckhead on June 4.

“Bob Steed was one of Mercer’s most loyal sons,” Mercer University President William D. Underwood said in a press release on June 6.

Steed was the editor-in-chief of “The Cluster” while studying at Mercer. There, he penned the serial column “Willard Lives,” which parodied life as a student.  

Steed went on earn a law degree from the Walter F. George School of Law.

After graduation, Steed joined King & Spalding law firm, eventually becoming a partner in 1967.  

Steed served six terms on Mercer’s board of trustees, was a member of the board of the Walter F. George Trust, a chair of the Mercer School of Law Board of Visitors and even served as president of the Law Alumni Association.

“[Steed’s] affinity for the University had no limit, and he served it faithfully for most of his life. Indeed, he was one of our greatest ambassadors,” Underwood said.  “Bob was greatly beloved, and we will miss his wit, wisdom, warm personality, and constant advocacy for his cherished alma mater.”