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Sidney Robbins, the last surviving commander of the original 'frogmen' who led combat teams in the Pacific island battles of World War Two, later a leading builder of landmark skyscrapers in Chicago who was feted at age 90 for starting married life anew, died on Aug. 25 at age 95. The Silver Star medal war hero served with the original Navy UDT units that later became the Navy SEALs, and built a construction company in Chicago responsible for thousands of houses, shopping centers, industrial sites and high rises. He oversaw the building of the 76-story Water Tower Place. Born on Sept. 11, 1916 to Jewish immigrant parents from the Ukraine, he married Lois Stricker in Chicago in 1945, settling initially in Skokie and then Highland Park IL. Robbins, who is survived by his children Richard (Janice), David (Linda), Ruth (David), Neal (Susan); nine grandchildren; wife Victoria; and four stepdaughters and their families, passed away in Sarasota. He will be buried with military honors in Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced. A memorial at Long Boat Key Temple Beth Israel is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2 p.m.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Sept. 9, 2012
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