Mr. Robbins died Sept. 1 after a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 19, 1926, in Indianapolis, Indiana, to Wilbur Otto and Katherine (Wert) Robbins.
Mr. Robbins was an athlete, playing basketball at both the collegiate and professional levels. He also played for the Army team when he served his country during World War II.
Mr. Robbins attended the University of Kentucky, Purdue University, the University of Idaho and Hardin College, receiving his bachelor of science degree from Hardin in 1949. He received a master of science degree in 1953 from Butler University and did advanced graduate study at the University of Texas and Butler University.
Mr. Robbins chose a career in education, working as a teacher, coach and ultimately an administrator.
In the late 1950s, he ran the school for employees of Gulf Oil in Venezuela, then returned to the U.S., where he became a civil rights pioneer in the 60s and 70s, specializing in the integration of segregated school districts.
Mr. Robbins was the superintendent of Wilmer-Hutchins ISD, Diboll ISD, Fannindale ISD and Calvert ISD. He also served on the Governor’s Blue Ribbon Panel on Education and consulted with the Texas Education Agency. He worked tirelessly until his retirement in 1982 from the Calvert School District.
Mr. Robbins was a 32nd degree Mason and was also involved in his community through the Scottish Rite, American Legion, Rotary Club and Lions Club, and was always quick to lend a hand to those in need.
He married Doris Nell Hightower on June 30, 1966, in Laredo.
Mr Robbins was a Rockdale resident for the past five years and was formerly of Hearne.
He was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Rockdale.
Mr. Robbins was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Hazel Yeager.
Survivors are his wife, Dot Robbins; four children, Mary Ann Ward of Hearne, David Bradshaw of Littleton, Colorado, Matt Bradshaw of Spicewood, Paul Bradshaw of San Jose, California; their spouses, Richard Ward, Leslie Bradshaw, Marcy Bradshaw and Stacey Smith; eight grandchildren, Sara Brower, Joshua Hall, Beth Skelley, Ross Bradshaw, Haley Hensley, Andrew Bradshaw, Ben Bradshaw and Spencer Smith; a sister, Marjorie Murray; a niece, Paula Cox; a nephew, Rob Murray; his in-laws Mary Jo and Tom Coffield and extended family in Indiana; also, and four great-grandchildren.