Robert Gardiner Goelet
Robert Gardiner Goelet is a member of the prominent Gardiner family, of Long Island, New York, which received a royal grant to Gardiners Island in 1639. His mother Alexandra Creel Goelet has been the sole owner of the Island since the death of her uncle Robert David Lion Gardiner in 2004. Robert Gardiner Goelet, and his older sister Alexandra Gardiner Goelet will inherit the island, if their mother's will follows family tradition, that the Island should be inherited by a descendant of the Gardiner family.
His parents were in a long-running and bitter dispute with elderly Robert David Lion Gardiner, who opposed their conservation efforts, and claimed they really planned to sell off the Island. In 2001 Robert Gardiner Goelet joined his parents at what The New York Times described as a rare appearance before the East Hampton town council when it was considering rezoning the Island.
- John Rather (2004-09-05). "Debating the Future Of Gardiners Island". The New York Times: p. LI14. https://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/05/nyregion/debating-the-future-of-gardiners-island.html. Retrieved 2020-09-17. "Mrs. Goelet, 64, and Mr. Goelet, 80, have two children. Their daughter, Alexandra Gardiner Goelet, 27, is traveling in Australia and recently completed a wildlife management project on the habitat of the koala bear. Their son, Robert Gardiner Goelet, 25, is a project manager for the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation and lives in Manhattan."
- John Rather (2001-03-18). "Gardiners Island: The War of Wills". The New York Times: p. LI14. https://www.nytimes.com/2001/03/18/nyregion/gardiners-island-the-war-of-wills.html. Retrieved 2020-09-17. "In September, the senior Goelets and their son made a rare appearance before East Hampton officials to ask that they drop plans to rezone the island."