On August 12, MFA Alum Robert Rorke (fiction ’10)  passed away peacefully at his home in Brooklyn.  Robert had a distinguished career in entertainment journalism spanning thirty years. His novel Car Trouble was published in 2018. Alongside his great love of literature, art, theater, and travel, Robert loved spending time with family and friends sharing stories, and taking people on extended walking and cycling tours of his beloved Brooklyn. He will be remembered for his intellect, generosity, kindness, and uproarious sense of humor.

Here is a photo of Robert in his element, holding court at an MFA anniversary celebration.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens or Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library.

A visitation for Robert will be held on Wednesday August 23rd, 2023 from 2:00-5:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm at Joseph G. Duffy Funeral Home, 255 Ninth St, Brooklyn, NY 11215A Funeral Mass is scheduled for 11:00 am Thursday August 24th, 2023 at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church. 225 6th Ave Brooklyn, NY.

Below is a link to stream the Funeral Mass.


Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.josephgduffy.com for the Rorke family.

An excerpt from CAR TROUBLE