Brian W. Robinson, 48
Manassas, VA - United States Coast Guard Commander Brian W. Robinson, 48, passed away on February 14, 2014 at his home in Manassas, Virginia. He served on active duty in the US Coast Guard as a JAG officer and had served in the Washington, D.C. area in a number of assignments including Coast Guard Headquarters, Quantico, Charlottesville and the State Department since being commissioned as an officer in Feb. 2004. He volunteered for duty in Afghanistan and served there as a legal trainer during 2010.
His personal military awards include three awards of the Meritorious Service Medal, the Coast Guard Commendation Medal, three awards of the Coast Guard Achievement Medal, the Navy & Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, and three awards of the Commandant's Letter of Commendation Ribbon. He is also a recipient of the Department of State Superior Honor Award.
All who knew Brian, even casually, knew immediately he was incredibly bright with a heart for others that was larger than life. His signature wit and empathy will be sorely missed by all who knew him. Brian was an avid guitarist and Les Paul aficionado, a marksman on a variety of firearms, an intrepid Boston sports fan and a devoted husband and father.
Brian Robinson was a 1983 graduate of Doherty Memorial High school (Worcester, MA); a 1987 graduate of The College of The Holy Cross (Worcester, MA); a JD cum laude graduate of the School of Law of Washington and Lee University (Lexington, VA) in 1990; and LLM in Military Law in 2010. Robinson practiced law for 12 years in Boston, first as an associate at Hale and Dorr, and then as a partner at McDermott, Will and Emory. He received the "Founders Award" from a non-profit for his pro bono work on behalf of over 100 families in Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. He chose to leave his lucrative practice because he thought it was his duty to serve his country after the United States went to war following 9/11.
Commander Robinson is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Harlow) Robinson, his two children Miriam (Mimi) and James (Seamus), his mother Lois Robinson, his brother Michael and sister Kathleen (Robinson) Williams, 8 nieces and nephews and many other family and friends.
Calling hours are Wed. Feb 19th between 5pm and 8pm at Pierce Funeral Home in Manassas, VA. The funeral Mass will take place at All Saints Church in Manassas on Thursday Feb. 20th at 10am. Commander Robinson will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers contributions may be made in the name of Commander Robinson to The Jimmy Fund at www.jimmyfund.org.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from Feb. 17 to Feb. 18, 2014