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Anne Durrum Robinson Anne Durrum Robinson, who believes firmly in reincarnation, has gone on to her next assignment. The identical twin of Marye Durrum Benjamin (Mrs. David G. Benjamin) who preceded her in death, she was born May 14, 1913, in Hugo, Oklahoma, to Mr. And Mrs. William Landon Durrum. Also in Hugo at that time were her grandparents, Mr. And Mrs. Robert Marion Lear. Anne was valedictorian and football sweetheart of her high school in Clarksville, Texas. She was freshman president, sophomore representative, junior president and loan sale manager, and student president of her alma mater, Texas Woman s University, Denton, Texas. At TWU, she received a B.S. in journalism. In 1999, she was named a Distinguished Alumna of her university and was speaker for the spring semester graduation. While in college, she won a number of poetry prizes. The TWU library contains a special collection of her works: poetry, articles, plays. After college, she was employed by the Texas Industrial Accident Board for seven years. She then served as assistant manager and business manager of the Texas Union at the University of Texas, where she later received her M.A. in journalism. During her work on her master s degree, she won prizes for poetry, one-act plays, and song lyrics. She and her twin wrote and performed numerous comedy skits for the Austin Little Theatre and other organizations. During her professional life, she was employed as a script writer and editor for radio stations KNOW and KTBC. She also did television shows for station KHFI and station KLRN. She was a writer/editor for station KASE and a writer of two series for Texas School of the Air. Later she became a staff writer for the NBC network in Hollywood, California, after winning the competition for writers at the NBC summer conference. In 1945, she married Harold G. Robinson, and the couple had a daughter, Marye Lear Robinson. Robin Robinson, their adopted daughter, precedes her in death. Later, she edited the Travis County Medical Society Journal. When she was 60, she became a writer/trainer for the Department of Human Services of the State of Texas. She continued in that work for five years, retired, and became an independent consultant, which she remained until her death. Because of her work and because of her curiosity about and love of the world, she became a world traveler, visiting 35 countries and most of the states. She cherished her family and her many friends who were scattered around the globe. Mrs. Robinson is survived by her husband, Harold G. Robinson, her daughter, Lear, son-in-law Scott L. Weaver, and their children Stephanie Lauren Weaver, Bryn Patrick Weaver and his wife Liberty and their daughters Ashlynn and Mikaela; Tyler Grant Weaver and his wife Cheri; Dru Anne Weaver McMillan and her husband Justin; and Cole Austin Weaver. She is also survived by her niece Margaret Benjamin Keys and her life partner James Michael Elrod and children and grandchildren; and her nephews, David Benjamin and Bill Benjamin. Following her cremation, a celebration of her life will be held at St. Edwards University Ragsdale Center, Mabee Ballroom, 3001 South Congress at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, June 12th. Arrive at 2:00 p.m., to enjoy time with family and friends before the celebration. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Association for Women in Communications Scholarship Fund, 1909 Windy Park Drive, Round Rock, Texas 78664.
Published in Austin American-Statesman on June 10, 2005
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