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Robert "Bob" Robertson '41

Robert Claxton ("Bob" or "Robbie") Robinson, 98, passed away peacefully in Peabody, Massachusetts on July 28, 2017. He lived a long and full life and now rests in the loving arms of God.

He is a 1936 graduate of Gill St. Bernard's School in New Jersey. He attended Antioch College for one year and graduated from Michigan State University in 1941.

Following college, he married June Wood and served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. After the war, he was the first student to return to Gill St. Bernard's School as a teacher and coach. During his tenure there, he earned a master's degree from Columbia University.

He returned to service during the Korean War and remained in the U.S. Air Force as a meteorologist for the balance of 20 years. In those years, he served in Virginia, London, England, Maine and Hawaii. Following his military service, he returned to teaching and taught at Salisbury School in Connecticut and The Park School in Massachusetts.

Along the way, he raised a family and was a devoted father and grandfather. Following June's long illness and death, he married Ruth Nayor. Together, they traveled the world. They toured the United States, Canada, South America, China, Africa and Europe. Ruth taught Bob to ski at age 70, and he became an avid skier until he was 85. They spent many weeks each winter at their getaway near Waterville Valley, New Hampshire.

For the last fifteen years, he lived happily at Brooksby Village in Peabody, Massachusetts. He loved Brooksby and was a high-spirited member of the community.

He is pre-deceased by his first wife June Robinson; his second wife, Ruth Robinson; his son, James Robinson; and daughter, Marsha Robinson. He is survived by his son, Thomas Robinson, his daughter-in-law Carla Murray, and his grandchildren, Haley Robinson and Tyler Robinson, of Mercer Island, WA; his stepson, Norman Gorin, his wife Amy and their family of Wellesley, MA; and his stepdaughter, Harriet Lockett and her family of Framingham, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to his hospice providers at Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.