Jerald Francis "Jerry" Robinson Sr. passed away at home following a fight with kidney cancer. Robinson leaves behind his wife of 61 years, Anne Catherine Ford Robinson (his college sweetheart) of Blacksburg; his son, Jerald (Rob) Robinson Jr., and spouse, Amanda Lyvette Robinson; and two grandchildren, Nigel Dalton Robinson and Roxanne Tara Robinson, all of Roanoke.

Robinson graduated from what is now known as Rhodes College in three years with a degree in Economics. He received an M.S. from Duke University and obtained his Ph. D. from the University of Illinois.

Robinson served 37 years at Virginia Tech in the Pamplin College of Business Management Department. He received teaching awards at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Robinson was president of the Faculty Senate for two terms and chaired the committee to plan the curriculum at the university's Steger Center in Switzerland where he taught for 13 full sessions. Robinson also held honorary positions at several Chinese and European universities and received a Silver Medal from the University of Maribor Slovenia.

Photo of Jerry Robinson

In the local community, Robinson served eight years at the Montgomery County School Board – two as chairman. He was a member and past president of the Blacksburg Rotary Club. Robinson also helped found the "Fun 143 Trailer Ministry," served on the boards of the Wesley Foundation, Virginia Tech YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, and served as chair of the Board of the Interfaith Food Pantry. Robinson lived by a motto of Rotary, "Service Above Self."

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Blacksburg. Visitation and reception will follow in the Whisner Hall. 

The full obituary can be found here.

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