William J. "Robbie" Robinson M.D. (1913 - 2008)

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William "Robbie" J. Robinson, M.D., 94, who resided in Overland Park, Kan., until recently, died from kidney failure in Bozeman on Dec. 23, 2008, two days short of his 95th birthday.

Robbie was born on Dec. 25, 1913, in Matthews, N.C., to Walter Stitt and Mary (Jamison) Robinson. He graduated from Central High School in Charlotte, N.C., and then attended Davidson College in Davidson, N.C. He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond.

While an intern at Louisville General Hospital, he met the love of his life, Jane Brown, who was a nurse at the time. They married in 1942, three days before Robbie shipped out to the Philippines as an Army medical officer in World War II.

After returning from the war, Robbie did his residency in psychiatry at the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kan. After a short stint with the VA system, Robbie began a private practice of psychiatry in the Kansas City area. Robbie retired from his medical practice in 1974 and continued to live in the Kansas City area until October, when Robbie and Jane moved to Bozeman to be with their son, Bill, and his family.

Robbie was an avid sports fan who cheered and, at times, cursed the Kansas City Chiefs for 45 years. In addition, Robbie was an active member of the senior men's golf league in Overland Park, Kan., and at age 94 was proud to have won the trophy as the oldest player in the league. He was a good husband and father, who spent many hours playing catch with his sons in their backyard.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Robinson of Bozeman; and his sons, William Robinson (Deborah) of Bozeman, and David Robinson (Jane) of Far Hills, N.J. His grandchildren include Amy Tatum (Trei), Mindy Starc (Cameron), Lee Robinson and Tyler Kimball. Great-grandchildren include John Tatum IV and Madison Tatum. He is also survived by his sisters, Barry Hemby and Virginia Steele, both of Charlotte, N.C.; and his brother, Stitt Robinson of Lawrence, Kan.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Elizabeth Houser and Louise Robinson; and his brother, Tom Robinson.

His family would like to thank the staff and physicians at Bozeman Deaconess Hospital and Bozeman Deaconess Hospice for the outstanding care Robbie received.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to the Bozeman Deaconess Foundation, 915 Highland Blvd., Bozeman 59715.

Remembrances may be shared with Jane Robinson at Birchwood, 1201 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Dec. 25, 2008
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