Robyn Dobson Yovanovich, wife of well-known Virginia steeplechase horseman Donald Yovanovich, died Monday, July 23, at their home in Upperville after a three-year battle with cancer. She was 58.
Mrs. Yovanovich was a choreographer, director, and drama teacher who brought an extensive theater background to her position as Fine Arts Department chair of Foxcroft School in Middleburg. A native of Alexandria, Va., she danced on Broadway, toured Europe with the USO, and starred in productions at her alma mater, Catholic University of America, which she attended on a Helen Hayes drama scholarship.
In 2010, she produced a show at Foxcroft, “What I Did for Love,” that included her daughter, Clancey, a member of Foxcroft’s Class of 2011. She said she put together the show to provide a remembrance for both her daughter and the school. “I just wanted to leave a gift to Foxcroft and a gift to Clancey,” she said before the production, which raised more than $6,000 in donations to the Fine Arts Department. Foxcroft archived a musical number with Clancey and her mother here.
She also provided color commentary for television coverage of the Virginia Gold Cup, which her husband serves as race director.
Her husband, a steeplechase trainer who serves as co-chair of the International Gold Cup, is a member of the National Steeplechase Association Board of Directors and chairman of the Race Chairmen’s Committee.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 26, at 11 a.m. in Miss Charlotte’s Garden, followed by a luncheon at Covert. A private interment for family will be held earlier Thursday. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Foxcroft School Fine Arts Department.