Robert Rauschenberg (1925- ) was born in Port Arthur, Texas. In 1943 he entered the University of Texas to study pharmacy. That same year he was drafted into the U.S. Navy and served as a neuropsychiatric technician in San Diego at the Navy Hospital Corps until his honorable discharge in 1945. He worked at Ballerina Bathing Suit Factory in Los Angeles in 1946. The next year he entered the Kansas City Art Institute on the G.I. Bill. From March to October of 1948 he studied at the Academie Julian in Paris.