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80, of Racine, Wisconsin, formerly of Milwaukee, WI and Monroeville, Pennsylvania, passed away quietly on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 surrounded by her loved ones at the home of her daughter and son-in-law. Born July 13, 1930, in Morgantown, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Ralph S. Buvinger and Wilma (McElroy) Buvinger. She was a 1948 graduate of Point Marion High School, and a 1952 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania. On August 24, 1954 Ann was married to James M. Robinson, VMD, who preceded her in death on June 30, 1992. While raising her family, Ann continued her education, receiving her Masters from West Virginia University and her Ph.D. from University of Pittsburgh, specializing in the Biological Sciences. As a Botanist, Ann's pioneering research in the genus Amelanchier (Serviceberry) is preserved in several professional publications and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's Herbarium where she was a research associate. She held various Faculty, Staff, Research, and Advisory positions at the University of Pittsburgh, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chatham University, and Carnegie Mellon University. From 2000-2002, Ann served in the Peace Corps, in Yamasa, Dominican Republic where she taught and helped to establish Biology curriculum and laboratory facilities in their local school system. Her parents and her sister Janet Dover preceded Ann in death. Surviving is her daughter, Lucinda (Norman) Cloutier and their two children Alexander and Danielle of Racine, WI, her son Ralph (Carole) Robinson of Newport News, VA; several nieces and nephews; and special friends and caregivers Ed Wieman and Alberta from Societies Assets. A service celebrating the life of Ann Robinson will be held Saturday, June 18, 2012 at Olympia Brown Unitarian Church presided by Rev. Dr. Tony Larsen and Rev. Rob Ater of Immanuel Presbyterian Church. Luncheon will follow in the church hall. Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the University of Pittsburgh's Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC), Attention: Leslie Dunn, MPH, ADRC Administrator, UPMC Montefiore, Four West 200 Lothrop Street Pittsburgh, PA 15213-2582
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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on June 15, 2011
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