May 18, 1948 – February 19, 2022
Charlotte, NC – Mr. Robert Paul Van Art, Jr., 73, husband of Denise Jamison Van Art, died Saturday, February 19, 2022 after a long illness. He was born May 18, 1948 in Woodbury, New Jersey, the son of the late Robert P. Van Art, Sr. and Lois Edna Erieg, both of New Jersey.
Robert Van Art joined the United States Navy at the start of the Vietnam War. Since he had a computer background, he was assigned to the strike planning group of the mine warfare planning division. During his tenure, Robert was instrumental in the development of the Sustained Attrition Minefield Assessment Model for the United States Navy.
Robert has worked extensively with NAVCOSSAC and the David Taylor Model Basin to develop sophisticated war game simulators. He received the Navy Achievement Medal; the non-combatant version of the Bronze Star. As his tour of duty was about to end, his work was deemed essential to the war effort and it was extended until the end of the war.
After leaving the army, Robert went to work for a company called Trilog. At the time, Trilog was a leader in pension plan record keeping and shareholder accounting.
In 1983 Robert Van Art started his own company called TrustMark. TrustMark specializes in microcomputer accounting solutions for the pension and mutual fund industry. TrustMark has quickly become an industry leader with more than 300 of the nation’s top retirement providers among its clients, including names such as Fidelity, Invesco, Bank of America and more than 70 of the nation’s largest financial firms.
In 1995 Robert sold TrustMark to Charles Schwab Inc. He remained with Schwab until 1998.
After missing out on the stock market rally in 2013, Robert Van Art began detailed research into stock market fundamentals, seeking to understand risk and how it interacts with his investments. This eventually led to the development of the Equilla model. The unique combination of pension and mutual fund industry experience coupled with his ability to write computer code has given Van Art a unique ability to combine theory and practical application to develop a sophisticated investment model. which constantly improves performance.
In retirement, Robert enjoyed spending time with his family, going to church, and other hobbies and interests. Robert was a member of Banks Presbyterian Church in Marvin, North Carolina, where he served as a church elder. Survivors include his beloved wife, Denise Jamison Van Art of Charlotte, NC, whom he married on October 3, 2009 in Marvin, NC. Additionally, he is survived by his sister; Mrs. Joy A. Van Art and her brother Mark D. Van Art and his wife Barbara, both of New Jersey. Also survived by his children, Amy Van Art Honey and her husband Brian of Greensboro, NC and Christopher E. Van Art and his wife Andrea of Waxhaw, NC. He is also survived by the following grandchildren: Robert Medina, Jacob Medina, Addison Neff, Austen Neff, Madelyn Honey, Lydia Honey, Adam Honey, Hallie Van Art, Lindsay Van Art and Avery Van Art; great-grandchildren, Kaison Medina, Darrian, Jakobe, Skyler, Joseph and Janise (Wilson) and Leona and Zoey (Liddic).
Robert was predeceased by a sister Jody D. Michelfelder and daughter Allison Van Art Neff, both of whom died in 2010.
Mr. Van Art’s family will receive friends on Saturday, February 26, 2022 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Kenneth Poe Services, 1321 Berkeley Avenue.
A celebration of Robert’s life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at Banks Presbyterian Church. 10012 New Town Rd, in Waxhaw, North Carolina, with the Reverend Scott Hilborn officiating. A reception will follow.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made at the Mint Museum of Charlotte, 500 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202 or The American Cancer SocietyPO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.
Arrangements are in the custody of Kenneth W. Poe Funeral & Cremation Service, 1321 Berkeley Ave., Charlotte, NC; 28204 (704) 641-7606. Online condolences can be shared on www.kennethpoeservices.com.
Published by Charlotte Observer on February 23, 2022.