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Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers

An inventory of the papers at the Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives at Syracuse University


Creator: Fortune family.
Title: Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers
Dates: 1984-2009
Size: 8 boxes, 3.75 linear feet
Abstract: Clippings, photographs, correspondence, personal items, and other materials related to Robert Gerard Fortune, killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103
Language: English
Repository: Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Ave., Suite 600
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010


Photograph of Robert Gerard Fortune

Robert "Bob" Fortune (1948-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. Bob was the youngest of William and Alice Fortune's four sons. He attended St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey, and served in the United States Army from 1970-1972. Bob was returning home from a business trip to spend Christmas with his wife, Deirdre, and their children, Ann and James. He was traveling on Flight 103 with his friend, Elia Stratis. Bob was remembered as a devoted family man, who cherished his wife and children deeply. When his passport was recovered from Lockerbie, a photograph of Deirdre, Ann, and James taken just before his trip abroad was tucked inside. He had wanted to carry this image of his loved ones with him.

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Scope and Content Note

The Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers contain clippings, photographs, correspondence, personal items, and other materials related to Robert Gerard Fortune, killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.

The Clippings series contains various news articles related to the disaster collected by Deirdre Fortune. These materials are arranged chronologically.

The Correspondence series consists of Deirdre Fortune's incoming and outgoing correspondence with individuals and organizations from the years following the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103. Included are personal letters to Georgia Nucci, the mother of Pan Am 103 victim Christopher Andrew Jones, and Francis Duggan, advisor to the Pan Am 103 families. Correspondence with agencies and organizations includes letters to the Strathclyde Police regarding the return of Robert Fortune's personal effects, and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in reference to the trial of Abdel Basset al-Megrahi and Lamen Khalifa Fhimah at Camp van Zeist.

The Mass cards series contains mass cards from various churches and religious organizations.

The Personal Effects series contains one item, a belt belonging to Robert Fortune.

The Subject Files series consists of information pertaining to various aspects of the legacy of Pan Am 103 and the Fortune family. Included is information on Libya and the trial at Camp van Zeist, as well as eulogies and remembrances of Robert Fortune.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions for this collection.

Use Restrictions

Written permission must be obtained from the Pan Am Flight 103 Archives and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

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Related Material

Materials related to the organizational administration of the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. have been moved to the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection. Selected publications and trial documents have been placed in the Pan Am Flight 103 Publications Collection. Memorial cairn material has been separated to create the Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records.

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers. Related collections include:

Donald T. Bogie Papers

Francis J. Duggan Collection

Memorial Cairn at Arlington National Cemetery Records

Christopher Andrew Jones Family Papers

Patricia Ann Klein Family Collection

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Thomas Britton Schultz Family Papers

Elia G. Stratis Family Papers

Pan Am 103 College of Law Collection

Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc. Collection

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Selected Search Terms


Fortune family.
Fortune, Robert Gerard.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.


Pan Am Flight 103 Bombing Incident, 1988.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- Case Studies.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States -- History.
Terrorism -- Government Policy -- United States.
Terrorism -- History -- 20th Century.
Lockerbie (Scotland)

Types of material

Clippings files.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Deirdre Fortune donated the Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers in 2011.

Processing Information

The Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers are fully processed. Materials originally contained in three-ring binders have been removed and placed in acid free folders for preservation purposes.

Finding Aid Information

Created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: March 2015
Revision history: Mar 2016 - Inventory added (VSOM) ; Aug 2019 - Cairn material removed and placed in its own collection (AS)

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The Robert Gerard Fortune Family Papers are arranged alphabetically within each series or subseries, with the exception of the Clippings series, which is arranged chronologically.

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Box 1 General 1988-2009, undated (12 folders)
Box 2 Bergen catholic high school 1989
Box 2 Crown office and procurator fiscal service 1990, 2007-2009
Box 2 Federal Bureau of Investigation 1989-1991
Box 2 General U.S. government 1990-2002
Box 2 Andrews, Robert E. (Congressman - New Jersey) 1998
Box 2 Bush, George H.W. (president 41) 1994
Box 2 Duggan, Francis 2000
Box 2 Fortune, Deidre (general correspondence) 1989-2010
Box 2 Marek, Bill 1994
Box 2 Nucci, Georgia [Mother of Christopher Andrew Jones] 1998
Box 2 Rosenthal, A.M 1990
Box 2 Schultz, Jane 1994
Box 2 Legal correspondence 1990-2002
Box 2 Libya correspondence 1991-2006
Box 2 Lockerbie 1989-1991
Box 2 Memorial 1989
Box 2 No greater love 1993-1994
Box 2 Office for Victims of Crime 1999-2009
Box 2 Strathclyde Police 1989-1991
Box 2 Syracuse University 2010-2015
Box 2 Tundergarth dedication trip 1990
Box 2 U.S. Department of State 1989-1991
Box 2 Victims of Pan Am Flight 103 Inc. 1994
Mass cards
Box 3 Association of Marian Helpers 1988
Box 3 Cenacle Crusade of Prayer circa 1988
Box 3 Christian Brothers Auxiliary 1988 (3 folders)
Box 3 Miscellaneous prayer cards 1988 (2 folders)
Box 4 Miscellaneous prayer cards 1988-1989
Box 4 Passionists Province of St. Paul of the Cross 1988-1989 (4 folders)
Box 5 S.M.A Fathers circa 1988 (2 folders)
Box 5 Sacred Heart Spiritual Society 1988-1989 (3 folders)
Box 5 Society for the Propagation of the Faith 1988
Personal effects
Box 6 Belt belonging to Robert Fortune circa 1988
Subject files
Box 6 Appeal, Office for Victims of Crime (O.V.C.) daily summaries 2002
Box 6 Aviation Security Improvement Act of 1990 1991
Box 6 "The bulletin 69: parents association of P.S. 69 Queens community school board 30" 1989
Box 6 Criminal injuries compensation board 1990-1993
Box 6 Deirdre Fortune's court and visitor passes undated
Box 6 Demand for trial by jury circa 1994
Box 6 Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary information packet 1990
Box 6 Eastern district stipulation of dismissal 2008
Box 6 Eulogy of Robert Fortune 1988
Box 6 Expanding concept on liability under the Warsaw Convention undated
Box 6 Fact sheets 1991
Box 6 Fatal accidents and sudden death inquiry (Scotland) 1976
Box 6 First amended disclosure agreement circa 1989
Box 6 First request for production of documents to plaintiff 1989
Box 6 The high court of justiciary (proceedings in the Netherlands) 1998
Box 6 Interrogatories 1988-1989
Box 6 Justice for Pan Am 103 1989-1995
Box 6 Legal samples undated
Box 7 Libya 1990-1998
Box 7 Libyan sanctions 1992-2000
Box 7 Lockerbie trial families project 1999-2009
Box 7 Lockerbie 'one' court decision 1994
Box 7 London Times lawsuit circa 2002
Box 7 Bumper stickers undated
Memorial materials
Box 7 Gravestone design 1988-1989
Box 7 Pan Am bankruptcy court papers and stock certificate circa 1991
Box 7 Garden memorial undated
Box 7 Robert Fortune with daughter (Ann) undated
Printed materials
Box 7 Cathedral of St. John service remembrance 2001
Box 7 Holy Trinity Church remembrance programs 1989-1993
Box 7 Memorial vigil for Victims of Pan Am 103 1989
Box 7 Miscellaneous memorial material 1988-2008
Box 7 No Greater Love remembrance 1984 undated
Box 7 Remembrance room Tundergarth – service and dedication 1990
Box 7 St. George’s Episcopal Church memorial service 1989
Box 7 Miscellaneous Lockerbie material circa 1989
Box 7 Michael F. Baumeister (Attorney) Honorary Dinner 2007
Box 7 Office of foreign assets control 1992
Box 7 Quinn Gillespie lobby services circa 2006
Box 7 Release of Abdel Basset Al-Megrani 2009
Box 8 September 11th memorial circa 2006
Box 8 Testimony to the committee on foreign affairs 1989
Appeal transcripts
Box 8 Day 86 2001
Box 8 Day 94 2002
Box 8 Day 95 2002
Box 8 Day 97 + 98 2002
Box 8 Day 99 2002
Box 8 Day 100 2002
Box 8 Miscellaneous appeal transcripts 2002
Box 8 Transcript of lockerbie trial 1992
Box 8 Trial at Kamp von Zeist, Netherlands 1999-2001
Box 8 U.S. Department of State undated
Box 8 U.S. Department of Transportation 1990-1993
Box 8 U.S. district court indictment undated
Box 8 United Nations 1993-1998
Box 8 Victims of terrorism compensation act circa 1990

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