DePuy Jr., died in his sleep on December 9, 2012 at age 91. He was born in South Orange, New Jersey, to the late Charles DePuy Robison Sr. and his wife, Sarah Hooper Weston. He grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1942 and served for 23 years as an officer in the United States Navy. During World War II, his first assignment was aboard the destroyer USS Glennon, which participated in the invasion of Normandy at Omaha Beach and sank from a mine explosion. He was then transferred to the USS James C. Owens in the Pacific Theater, which was involved in the invasion of Okinawa. A month later, he was part of a team assessing the damage in Hiroshima, Japan. After the war, he taught engineering at Vanderbilt University and made many friends in Nashville. Upon returning from a three-year tour of duty in the Mediterranean, he retired from the Navy and moved to Nashville becoming a partner in business in 1962. In 1966, he started Admiral Binder Corporation, which grew into a successful business. In 1984, he sold the company and retired. In retirement, he continued as an active member of the Nashville Rotary Club (50 years), the Boy Scouts of America, taught Junior Achievement, and traveled to many far away places visiting family and lifelong friends. He was also a proud member of the Descendants of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. He never met a stranger and was always interested in meeting new people. He is survived by his loving wife of 68 years, Elizabeth Bell Robison; children, Charles D. Robison III (Kathy) of Norfolk, Virginia, Alexander B. Robison of Nashville and Elizabeth R. Cabell (Charles) of Richmond, Virginia. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Charles D. Robison IV, Katherine R. Baker, A. Lloyd Robison, Elizabeth D. Robison and J. Hunter Otterson; and two great-granddaughters. A memorial service was held at The Blakeford, 11 Burton Hills Boulevard, Nashville, on Wednesday, December 12, at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to a , or to the U.S. Naval Academy Foundation, 291 Wood Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21402.
This obituary was originally published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.