William J. Robinson ’36, formerly of Charlotte, N.C., died from kidney failure in Bozeman, Mont., on Dec. 23, two days short of his 95th birthday. Robbie was born on Dec. 25, 1913, in Matthews, N.C., to Walter Stitt and Mary Jamison Robinson.
He attended Davidson, and received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.
While an intern at Louisville General Hospital, he met the love of his life, Jane Brown, who was a nurse at the time. They married in 1942, three days before Robbie shipped out to the Philippines as an Army medical officer in World War II.
After returning from the war, Robbie did his residency in psychiatry at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kans. After a short stint with the VA system, Robbie began a private practice of psychiatry in the Kansas City area. Robbie retired from his medical practice in 1974 and continued to live in the Kansas City area until October when Robbie and Jane moved to Bozeman to be with their son, Bill, and his family.
Robbie was an avid sports fan, who cheered and, at times, cursed the Kansas City Chiefs for 45 years. In addition, Robbie was an active member of the senior men’s golf league in Overland Park, Kans., and, at age 94, was proud to have won the trophy as the oldest player in the league.
Survivors include his wife, Jane Robinson, Birchwood, 1201 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715; his sons, William Robinson (Deborah) and David Robinson ’69 (Jane); grandchildren, Amy Tatum (Trei), Mindy Starc (Cameron), Lee Robinson, and Tyler Kimball; great-grandchildren, John Tatum IV and Madison Tatum; sisters, Barry Hemby and Virginia Steele; his brother, Stitt Robinson ’39; and his nephew, James Paul Houser, Jr. ’67. He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Elizabeth Houser and Louise Robinson; and his brother, Tom Robinson.