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Mark Lawrence Tobin Family Papers

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

Finding aid created by: Vanessa L. St.Oegger-Menn
Date: March 2015


Photograph of Mark Lawrence Tobin

Mark Lawrence Tobin (1967-1988) was among the 270 victims of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland on December 21, 1988. Mark was the sixth of Helen and Joe Tobin's seven children. His childhood dream was to become a television sports announcer. Mark worked towards this goal while a student at Fordham University, where he hosted the evening sports recap on the university's radio station. He spent the fall semester of 1988 in London with the Syracuse University communications program.

Mark loved sports, as both a spectator and a participant. From his early teens he loved golf, swimming, and tennis. In his college years he added hockey, surfing, and skiing to that list. His parents commented that Mark was "eternally optimistic about the successful outcome of all his undertakings. He was valued as a best friend by more people than we ever knew about." Mark is remembered by his family and friends as genuine and joyful, with an offbeat sense of humor.

Scope and Content Note

The Mark Lawrence Tobin Family Papers contain materials related to Mark Tobin, one of the 35 students killed in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland while studying abroad through Syracuse University's Division of International Programs Abroad (DIPA). The collection has been divided into the following series:

Artwork, containing a maquette of the Dark Elegy statue of Helen Tobin created by Suse Lowenstein.

Audiovisual materials, containing both video and audio recordings of various memorial services held for Mark and the victims of Pan Am 103.

Clippings from various newspapers and periodicals.

Correspondence, which has been further divided into subseries for condolences, Mark Tobin's personal correspondence, and the correspondence of the Tobin family.

Mass cards consisting of several hundred such items received by the Tobin's in the months and years following Mark's death.

Memorabilia, including Mark's trophies for athletics and theatre, and materials related to his family's involvement with the Victims of Pan Am Flight 103, Inc.

Memorial donations, which contains materials related to donations made in Mark's memory to various funds and organizations.

Photographs, containing Tobin family photo albums, and photographs from Mark's semester in London.

Subject files, including some of Mark's personal belongings, as well as papers pertaining to his estate, and post mortem examination.

Note: Some materials within this collection contain graphic subject matter.


Access Restrictions:

Due to its fragility, access to the original statue of Helen Tobin is restricted. Photographs of the piece are available.

Use Restrictions:

Post-mortem images of the deceased may not be reproduced or photographed.

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.

Related Material

The Pan Am Flight 103 Archives contains additional materials and information related to the Mark Lawrence Tobin Family Papers. Related collections include:

Eric and Jason Coker Collection

Alexander Lowenstein Family Papers

On Eagles' Wings Collection

Pan American World Airways, Inc. Collection

Dark Elegy Collection

Pan Am 103 Individuals Collection

Remembrance Quilt Collection

Selected Search Terms


Lowenstein, Suse.
Tobin, Helen.
Tobin, Mark Lawrence.
Syracuse University -- History.
Syracuse University.

Associated Titles

Dark Elegy.


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

Photograph albums.
Sculpture (visual works)
Sound recordings.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mark Lawrence Tobin Family Papers,
Pan Am Flight 103/Lockerbie Air Disaster Archives
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Joseph and Helen Tobin, and Pat Tobin Adelman donated the Mark Lawrence Tobin Family Papers in 2007 and 2014, respectively.

Processing Information

The Mark Lawrence Tobin Family Papers are fully processed.


Materials are arranged in alphabetical order within each series and subseries.

Table of Contents


Audiovisual materials



Mass cards


Memorial donations


Subject files