RUTH B.M. ROBINSON

Ruth B.M. Robinson, 88. Born in Wellington, New Zealand, daughter of Sir A.C. Turnbull, wartime administrator of the Pacific island of Samoa, and Dorothy Moncrieff Turnbull. During WWII, met and married a U.S. navy pilot, Lieut. Cmdr. Richard W. Robinson, commander of a squadron of Hellcat fighters on Samoa. After he was shot down during the battle of Okinawa, she remained in the U.S., graduating from the University of South Carolina. In 1957, she was hired by The New York Times, rising from secretary to reporter to editor in the Style section. An avid mountain climber and skier, many of her articles involved travel and the outdoors. Her grace, wit and companionship will be missed. Donations are being accepted by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, www.nynjtc.org.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 28, 2013