GERRY, N.Y. - Dr. John H. "Jack" Robson, 83, formerly of Eldred, Pa., and West Seneca, passed away Wednesday (May 28, 2014) at the Heritage Village Rehab and Skilled Nursing Facility at Gerry following a short illness.
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He was born on May 9, 1931, in Olean, a son of Robert and Hazel Frisbee Robson. On Sept. 24, 1955, in the Free Methodist Church in Syracuse, he married Esther Hutt, who survives.
Jack was a 1949 graduate of Otto High School in Duke Center, Pa.; he later received his B.A. in English and history at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester. He then earned a master's degree in education from the University of Buffalo in 1958. Jack later received a doctor of education degree, also from the University of Buffalo, in 1971. He was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U.S. Navy and being trained as a lighter than air pilot. Jack then served in the Navy Reserve until 1991, retiring as a captain. He began his career in education teaching English at Amherst Junior H.S. Afterwards he served as administrative intern at Kenmore West High School. He then held the position of principal at the West Seneca East Junior H.S. From 1968 until 1983, he served as director of secondary curriculum for West Seneca Central Schools. And from 1983 until his retirement in 1991 he held the position of assistant superintendent at West Seneca. He then helped create the PACE Program at Houghton College while he recruited cadets for the Annapolis Naval Academy, finally retiring for good in 1996.
Jack was a founding member of the West Seneca Wesleyan Church, was a member of the Lighthouse Community Free Methodist Church in Prentisvale, Pa., and was a longtime trustee of Roberts Wesleyan College. He was also a member of the Retired Military Officers Association of America, Bucktail Chapter. He enjoyed being a member on committees and had served on many boards over the years. After his retirement he and his wife resided summers at the family farm on the West Eldred Road and spent winters in Lakeland, Fla., before moving to Heritage Village in 2009.
He is survived by his loving wife Esther (Hutt); five children, David (Charlene), Mark (Ruth), Bethany (Kathleen Ebersole), Marcia (Tom) Cromer and Robert (Beth Ellen); 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; as well as a brother, Earl (Freda) Robson; and a sister, Jean (Dr. Richard) Darling.
A memorial service will be held on June 21 at the First Church of God in Eldred at a time to be announced with the Rev. Dave McCarthy and Rev. Beth Rossler officiating. Burial will follow in Lamphier Cemetery, Eldred.
Full military honors will be presented after the service.
Memorial contributions can be directed to the Bohall-Hutt Scholarship at Roberts Wesleyan College.
Online condolences may be made at www.framefuneralhome.com
Published in The Bradford Era from May 31 to June 6, 2014