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Richard Henry Robinson ’31

Published in July 3, 1996, issue

Richard H. Robinson's fascinating and productive life was interrupted several times early on, and finally 10 years ago by an automobile accident, which left him essentially paraplegic. He died May 12, 1996, of kidney failure. His home was in Brookville on Long Island.

Dick entered Princeton with the Class of '29, but for health reasons had to drop back to '30, where once again fate intervened and brought him to the "Class with Class." He began his investment banking career with Adams & Peck. In 1937 he went with Smith Barney. During WWII, he was commanding officer of aviation training in the Navy and at various Pacific bases and was commended by deputy chief of naval operations (Air). He was discharged as commander in 1946.

He became partner in Van Alstyne Noel, also assistant to the president and director of Empire Millwork Corp., treasurer and a director of the Modern Engraving & Machine and the General Gravure companies. He retired from Paine Webber at the age of 70.

He was active in community affairs and worked for Annual Giving. He enjoyed swimming, tennis, sailing, and skiing. He was active with the Rusty Nails, a group recently put together by our own Bill Miller. He married Elizabeth T. Hutchinson. In fact Dick and Liddy traveled with the class to Russia.

The class extends deep sympathy to his wife and their two sons and joins in their sorrow at losing this good friend.

The Class of 1931

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