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Robert Camac (died July 15, 2009) was president and founding member of the organization Association of Lighting Designers (ALD). Camac was the partner for over 50 years of Michael Northen, president and one of the founder members of the ALD. Camac was also most instrumental to the setting up of the Michael Northen Bursary and made sure that Northen's wishes were enshrined in the ongoing support and encouragement of the Bursary which recognizes outstanding creativity in lighting design students and is awarded through the ALD. Camac made sure of the Michael Nortnen Bursary's future by arranging that Northen's bequest was donated to the Mousetrap Foundation.

In 2010 Epsom College received abequest of 12 John Piper's works from Camac, which attended Granville College from 1938 to 1942. Camac and his partner, Northen, received, as a gift from Piper, a singlework of considerable value. The friendship arose from Northen’s and Piper’s theatrical collaborations but Camac and Piper had Epsom College in common. Following the death of Northen, Camac decided to make the bequest to Epsom College, and sold the work. Former Headmaster, Tony Beadles, explains, “He exchanged the more valuable work for a collection of screen prints and lithographs on the basis that artists at the College would learn more from a series of works than just one. In so doing, he has created a splendid collection and a valuable resource for pupils.” In accordance with Camac’s wish that his gift be displayed in one venue, his collection hangs in the Epsom College Library.

Camac was a solicitor and partner from 1951 to 1986 at Ranken, Ford and Chester, which was eventually amalgamated with Bird and Bird. He served as Master of the Worshipful Company of Woolmen in 1976.


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  1. https://www.livedesignonline.com/blog/robert-camac-passes-away
  2. http://www.educationtrust-oeclub.org/userfiles/documents/oestuff/oezine/publications/John_Piper_Leaflet_Web.pdf