Remsburg, Robin Elaine
August 1, 1956 - December 3, 2020
Robin Remsburg, 64, dean of the nursing school at UNCG, passed away on December 3, 2020, after a long illness. Robin was born on August 1, 1956, the eldest child of Clinton William and Shirley Talbott Remsburg, of whom she is survived. In addition to her beloved parents of Lexington, North Carolina, Robin leaves her brother, Terryle Remsburg (Dawn) of Randleman, North Carolina and sister Mignon White (Charlie) of Duncan, South Carolina. She also leaves behind four wonderful nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved: Jordan White of Rome, Georgia, Taylor White of Travelers Rest, South Carolina, Caroline Remsburg of Greensboro, North Carolina and Elizabeth Remsburg of Greenville, North Carolina and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Robin's greatest treasure was time spent with family.
Growing up in Frederick, Maryland and Lexington, North Carolina, Robin was predeceased by her husband, William "Bill" O'Brien of Baltimore, Maryland.
Robin received her BSN from UNC-Chapel Hill, her MSN with a concentration in nursing education from UNCG and her PhD in nursing research from the University of Maryland. For 10 years she held American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification as a gerontological clinical nurse specialist.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Remsburg has held academic positions at Eastern Kentucky University School of Nursing (BSN program), UNCG School of Nursing, and the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and School of Medicine. She served as the director of Long-term Care Research at the Johns Hopkins Geriatrics Center.
Dr. Remsburg was the chief of the Long-term Care Statistic Branch and the deputy director of the Division of Health Care Statistics at the National Center for Health Statistics, responsible for redesigning two national long-term care surveys, developing two new national surveys of non-licensed assistive personnel and a new assisted living survey.
Prior to her arrival at UNCG, Dr. Remsburg served as associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, School of Nursing at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Dr. Remsburg is a past president of the National Gerontological Nursing Association (NGNA), a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the National Gerontological Nursing Association and the Gerontological Society of America. She maintained an active presence in national initiatives to improve the care and well-being of older adults and directed a program of research to address health care needs of older adults. She was a long-standing member of the Advancing Excellence in Long-term Care Collaborative and a member of the steering committee for the Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes Campaign.
Aside from Robin's professional accomplishments, she was involved in many community groups and activities including the Guilford County Rotary Club, Greensboro Hospice, and Union Square Campus, Inc.
Robin will always be remembered for her enthusiastic support of UNCG basketball. She was often found cheering "Let's Go G" courtside in support of the Spartans. Family was important to Robin and spending time with her parents, siblings, nieces and nephews, and her Scottish terrier, Miss Scarlett, was her greatest joy. She will be missed by all who had the honor and privilege to know her.
In lieu of flowers, consider honoring Robin with a memorial to UNCG's School of Nursing endowment fund (online at: giveto.uncg.edu
or by mail, Attention: Kathy Bush, UNC Greensboro, P.O. Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402) or to the charity of your choice
. Good health for family and friends is our top priority; therefore, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no service is planned at this time.
Forbis & Dick Funeral Home, located at 5926 West Friendly Avenue, Greensboro, NC is serving the family.
Online condolences may be offered at www.forbisanddick.com
Published by Greensboro News & Record on Dec. 8, 2020.