Robert Stevens (lawyer)

Robert Bocking Stevens (8 June 1933 – 30 January 2021) was a British lawyer and academic.[1][2]

Robert Stevens
22nd Master of Pembroke College, Oxford
In office
Preceded byRoger Bannister
Succeeded byGiles Henderson
5th Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz
In office
Preceded byRobert Sinsheimer
Succeeded byKarl Pister
10th President of Haverford College
In office
Preceded byJohn Royston Coleman
Succeeded byTom G. Kessinger
Personal details
Born(1933-06-08)8 June 1933
Died30 January 2021(2021-01-30) (aged 87)
RelativesRobin Stevens (daughter)
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Sub-disciplineProcedural law


Stevens was educated at Oakham School and then at Keble College, Oxford, where he obtained his BA and BCL degrees. He was called to the bar in 1956 (becoming a barrister) as a member of Gray's Inn. In 1958, he was awarded an LLM from Yale University, then became a member of staff there, rising from assistant professor (1959–61) to associate professor (1961–65) to professor (1965–76). He was then Provost of Tulane University, Louisiana from 1976 to 1978, when he became President of Haverford College, Pennsylvania, leaving there in 1987 to become Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz. He left Santa Cruz in 1991, and in 1993 returned to England to take up office as Master of Pembroke College, Oxford. He was on the governing body of Abingdon School from 1994 to 2001.

He left the college in 2001, and was appointed an Honorary Fellow. Since 2001, he has been a senior research fellow at the Constitution Unit of University College London.[3]

His writings include The Restrictive Practices Court (1965), In Search of Justice (1968), Welfare Medicine in America (1974), The American Law School (1983) and The English Judges (2002).[3]

His children with his first wife, Rosemary A. Stevens, are Carey Stevens and Richard Stevens. He was married to Kathie Booth Stevens (born 16 December 1948), a retired educator, art historian, and magistrate, until his death in Oxford on 30 January 2021.[4] Their daughter is the children's novelist Robin Stevens.[5]


  1. ^ "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2014. Dr Robert Stevens, Master of Pembroke College, Oxford, 1993–2001, 78
  2. ^ "Robert Bocking Stevens, fifth UCSC chancellor, dies at age 87". UC Santa Cruz. 2 February 2021. Retrieved 6 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Stevens, Dr Robert Bocking". Who's Who 2009. Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  4. ^ Lotozo, Eils (30 January 2021). "Robert Bocking Stevens, 1933-2021". Haverford College Magazine.
  5. ^ Stevens, Robin (2016). Mistletoe and Murder. London: Penguin. p. 351. ISBN 9780141369723.
Academic offices
Preceded by
John Royston Coleman
10th President of Haverford College
1978 - 1987
Succeeded by
Tom G. Kessinger
Preceded by
Robert Sinsheimer
5th Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz
1987 – 1991
Succeeded by
Karl Pister
Preceded by
Roger Bannister
22nd Master of Pembroke College, Oxford
1993 - 2001
Succeeded by
Giles Henderson

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