Dr. Gerald R. Robinson

Dr. Gerald R. Robinson

Dr. Gerald R. Robinson, D.E.D., 97, formerly of 2 Pineview Dr., Flemington, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Susque-View Home.

Dr. Gerald R. Robinson was born Nov. 22, 1915 in Dagus Mines and was the son of the late Edward and Nellie Cavanaugh Robinson.

He was a 1933 graduate of Fox Township High School, Kersey. Dr. Robinson was a 1937 graduate of the former Pennsylvania State College, majoring in mathematics and English. In 1941 he received his master’s degree in education administration and supervision. In 1954 he received his doctorate in secondary education administration and psychology.

On Jan. 8, 1942 at St. Catherine Church in DuBois, he married Jean Beman who died on March 26, 1996.

He was a World War II veteran, serving from Feb. 13, 1942 until Sept. 27, 1943 as a Staff Sergeant. On Sept. 27, 1943 he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant from the Officers Candidate School at Under Far East Air Forces in Australia. He was released from active duty on Jan. 2, 1946 as a captain and transferred into the U.S. Air Force Reserve. He was discharged on Jan. 21, 1958.

On Aug. 6, 1946, he received a Presidential Citation. He also received a Certificate of Appreciation by the Army Air Force for war services.

Dr. Robinson received the Philippine Liberation Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Service Ribbon with three bronze stars, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, and was cited as a member of the 27th Air Depot Group. He also earned the Distinguished Unit Badge and six overseas stripes. He was part of the New Guinea Campaign and participated in East Indies Papuan.

Dr. Robinson taught Mathematics at Sandy Township High School in DuBois from 1937 until February 1942, and once again from 1946 to May 1954, during which he became the principal. During his tenure at Sandy Township High School, he taught mathematics and statistics at Penn State University in State College from 1950 until 1959.

In 1959 at Lock Haven University, he became the Director of Secondary Education and taught mathematics and psychology. In 1960 he became Dean of Instruction, and in 1965 he served as Dean of Academic Affairs. In 1971 Dr. Robinson began serving as Vice President for Academic Affairs. In July 1976, he retired as the Dean of Lock Haven University.

He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Throughout the years he served as the organist at both Immaculate Conception Church and St. Agnes Church. He was active in many church committees and was a recipient of the Prince Gallitzin Award. Dr. Robinson was a former member and past president of the Lock Haven Kiwanis Club. He was also a Past District Chairman of Treaty Elm Boy Scouts. He served as a member for several honorary fraternities as well as a chapter advisor of T.K. E. Fraternity for forty years.

Surviving Dr. Robinson are three children: Gerald D. (Victoria) Robinson of Md., Rosemary (Louis) Winner of Lock Haven and Kevin B. (Diane) Robinson of Lititz; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Robinson of Wellsboro; six grandchildren: Michael Robinson, Andrea (Michael) Esposit, Cullen Harrell, Christopher Robinson, Kelly Robinson, and Danny Robinson; three step-grandchildren; and thirteen step great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 24, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 310 W. Water St., Lock Haven, with Rev. Father Daniel O’Neill and Rev. Father Joseph Orr officiating. Burial will be at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Friends will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, at the Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Gerald R. Robinson Memorial Award, in care of Lock Haven University, or Catholic Charities.

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