Leslie Cranford Robinson ’51

Leslie Cranford Robinson ’51, 82, of Palm Harbor, Fla., a retired Presbyterian minister and pastoral counselor, passed away at home on Jan. 10, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Callie McArthur Robinson, 3282 Tanglewood Trl., Palm Harbor, FL 34685; their sons, Frederick and Stephen (Elizabeth); his brother, Charles Robinson ’56; and many nieces and nephews. Robinson was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bessie Robinson of Greenville, S.C., and brother, John Robinson. He was a longtime member of the YMCA. Born in Charlotte, N.C., Robinson attended Davidson, where he earned his B.A. in English, and the Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond, Va., where he earned his bachelor’s of divinity with honors, master’s of theology, and doctorate in ministry. He served churches in N.C., W.Va., and Va., was moderator of two presbyteries, and was an honorably retired member of the Presbytery of the James. Robinson followed his passion for helping others into the counseling field in the 1970s, founding and directing Pastoral Counseling Ministries, a nonprofit providing therapeutic counseling services. He was a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. Robinson and his wife retired to Florida in 2001, where he enjoyed the sunshine, tennis, his local church, and their many friends in the area.