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Marjorie Newell Robb

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Marjorie Newell Robb
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Born Marjorie Anne Newell
(1889-02-12)February 12, 1889
Lexington, Massachusetts, U.S
Died June 11, 1992(1992-06-11) (aged 103)
Fall River, Massachusetts, U.S
Known for one of the longest lived survivors of Titanic
Spouse(s) Floyd Newton-Robb
(1917–1957, his death)
Children 4
Parent(s) Arthur Webster-Newell
Mary Emma-Greeley

Marjorie Newell Robb (February 12, 1889 – June 11, 1992) was one of the last remaining survivors of the RMS Titanic. She was one of the last two survivors (the other being Ellen Shine) who were adults at the time of the disaster, being 23 years old at the time.


Marjorie Anne Newell was born on February 12, 1889 in Lexington, Massachusetts, in the United States; she was the daughter of Arthur Webster Newell and Mary Emma Greeley.[1]

RMS Titanic

Marjorie was returning from a trip to the Middle East with her father and her sister, Madeleine Newell. They boarded the RMS Titanic at Cherbourg, France. The night the ship struck the iceberg, Arthur Newell awoke his daughters and ordered them to dress themselves. They then headed up to the boat deck, where Arthur reluctantly placed his daughters into Lifeboat Number Six. Marjorie and Madeleine both survived. Arthur perished in the sinking, however, and his body was recovered by the CS Mackay-Bennett.[1]

In the Winter of 1912, Att. Amos Taylor & Att. Robert Goodwin represented her mother, Mary Newell, against Oceanic Steam Navigation Company for the sum of $110,400.00 together with costs from the April 15, 1912 sinking of the RMS Titanic; the loss of the life of Arthur Newell for the sum of $110,000.00, and the loss of the luggage and personal effects in the sum of $400.00.[2]

Later life

Marjorie Newell married Floyd Newton Robb (1887-1957) in 1917. Together, they raised four children. Her only son was named Arthur Newell Robb in honor of her father. Her daughters were Marjorie Greeley, Robb Sweeney Snow, Madeleine Robb Crowley, and Rosalind Robb Livermore. Marjorie taught music at Wells College in Aurora, NY for many years. She taught violin and piano in South Orange, New Jersey and eventually became one of the founders of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.[1]

Mrs. Robb lived her final years in Fall River, Massachusetts. During this time, she began to speak about her experiences on the Titanic. She attended several conventions held by the Titanic International Society and the Titanic Historical Society, where she told her story to many Titanic enthusiasts.[1]


Marjorie Newell Robb died in her sleep on June 11, 1992. She was 103 years old, and she was, after Mary Davies Wilburn, the second longest lived of all of Titanic's survivors.[1] She is buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b c d e "Marjorie Anne Newell". Encyclopedia Titanica.
  2. ^ "TIP - Limitation of Liability Hearings - Claim of Mary E. Newell (Arthur Newell)".
Honorary titles
Preceded by
Mary Wilburn
Oldest living survivor of the RMS Titanic
July 29, 1987 – June 11, 1992
Succeeded by
Edith Brown
This page was last edited on 30 March 2018, at 00:24
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