Samuel N. Robinson, 86, passed on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in San Diego, California. He was born January 16, 1927, to Frank and Minnie (Tresser) Robinson in Stamford, Connecticut, and was the older brother of the late Myrna Robinson Richman. He graduated from Vermont Academy, and received a Bachelor's degree in business from the University of Bridgeport (Connecticut), and another in music (oboe performance) from the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts.
After graduation from Vermont Academy, Sam served his country in the United States Merchant Marine in WWII
, and in that capacity traveled the world helping supply fighter ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. After the war ended, he helped repatriate German POWs, and befriended one in particular, treating him with kindness and forgiveness in the true spirit of his Jewish faith.
After his graduation from the New England Conservatory in 1957, Sam began a long and satisfying career both as a working musician and a music educator. He was principal oboist with the San Antonio, Texas, Symphony for several seasons, and an active freelance performer in the New York City region. He also served as principal oboist for numerous orchestras throughout the San Diego, California, area, where he'd moved in 1973 with his wife Evelyn (nee Mackintosh). Colleagues have called the oboe and English horn reeds he crafted by hand some of the finest they have ever used. Sam was a world traveler, a private pilot, and an avid student of politics, the paranormal, morality and ethics, and justice and spirituality. He was also a wine connoisseur who loved a lively discussion over a glass or two from his collection, most especially with his beloved only son, Franklin Anthony Robinson, born September 30, 1978.
In addition to Franklin, Sam is survived by his former wives, Olga Petrosky of Grand Prairie, Texas, and Evelyn Hiller of San Diego, California; niece, Beth Edelman of Rexford, New York; cousin, Norman Greene of San Diego, California; and innumerable friends and colleagues.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 6, 2013, at El Camino Memorial, Sorrento Valley, in San Diego, California, with Rabbi Wayne Dosick officiating. A memorial service is planned for July in San Diego. Franklin Robinson offered the eulogy, including a cappella rendition of Psalm 27, the final Bible passage he had sung to his father during this life. Before his passing Sam expressed the personal nature of his faith and relationship with his great God, so we take comfort in the fact that he now abides in the presence of the Most High and is blessed in life everlasting and joy forever more in Heaven and also in Earth when the world to come arrives. May it be soon!
Donations may be made to Temple Adat Shalom, Poway CA; Junior Blind of America Los Angeles; or UC San Diego Foundation for research into Schizophrenia, Alzheimer's.