Robert Anthony Inman was an American educator, journalist and author.
Inman was the son of Verne Inman, M.D., former chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UCSF. He was born in San Francisco and attended Grattan School and Lowell High, achieving the highest honors. As he grew up, he worked summers as manager of the Headen Park Farm, a Santa Clara, California farm founded by his great-great grandfather, Benjamin F. Headen in 1852. The farm house is now the Inman-Headen Museum.
Inman graduated from Stanford with distinction in 1952, and was awarded back-to-back Fulbright Scholarships in German Literature in Graz, Austria. During this time he met Joan Marshall at a New Year’s gathering of Stanford friends in Vienna. They were married in Denver in 1958. After 21 years of marriage the couple was amicably divorced but remained good friends.
Focused on writing all his life, Inman first authored a play which was performed by the Kaleidoskoptheater ensemble in Vienna.
In the U.S. Army, he served as a linguist in Intelligence Headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany. After his discharge, he completed a year of graduate studies at the Free University of Berlin. He later taught in the Germanic Languages Department at the University of Washington in Seattle, and received his Masters degree there. He also worked as an editor in the U.W. President's Office.