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Mr. Charles "Charlie" Robinson (Deceased)
Graduated 1943

3834 Lake St.
Houston, Tx 77098

Retired at

Home Phone: 713-942-7775
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UG Major was Physics/Math. L’Acadian mentioned that in one game, Charlie played the entire 60 minutes.

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CHARLES LAFAYETTE ROBINSON Charlie “Robbie” Robinson — a man of faith, character, accomplishment, and legacy went home to GLORY on January 7, 2009, at the age of 87. Born October 29, 1921, in Alexandria, Louisiana, he now rests in the loving arms of Jesus. We will all sadly miss him, yet we rejoice in his eternal presence with the Lord. Hailing from Jennings, Louisiana, Charlie early learned the value of hard work, friendships, and patriotism. These characteristics were certainly well honed through his teen and college years. Charlie attended Southwestern in Lafayette, Louisiana, playing football on scholarship and graduating with a BS in Engineering in 1943. He went on to the USMA at West Point, graduating in 1946 with a second engineering degree. In his professional career, Charlie developed tremendous expertise, experience, and leadership in geophysical exploration, literally around the world. He was a member of The Society of Exploration Geophysicists for over 50 years. In his many follow-on careers, Charlie demonstrated his entrepreneurial spirit and creative talent in a number of other ventures: use of hovercraft on the North Slope of Alaska to further environmentally sound geophysical exploration, hydroponic farming, oil and gas exploration, franchise ownership of “Mailboxes, Etc” stores, and many other creative ventures.

As an esteemed figure in the ranks of West Point graduates, Charlie was co-founder of the West Point Society of Houston, frequent recruiter of young men for West Point, and a dear friend to many. Gifted in so many ways, Charlie was well known for his athletic prowess, his affable and considerate spirit, and his creative intellect. Perhaps the best demonstration of his intellect was selecting the beautiful and equally bright Bobbie Sue Demmon to be his lifelong partner. Together they lovingly raised a family of two children, Kathleen and Charles, resulting in five grandchildren (Amy, Rob, Allison, Graham, Laura Grace) and five great – grandchildren (Austen, Brennan, Isabel, Mitch, Kate). Joining the Robinson family was Major General (Ret) Bob Dees, devoted son-in-law and one of Charlie’s early recruits to West Point, and the beautiful and beloved, Nancy Ellsworth Robinson, wife of son Charles. As well, Charlie and Bobbie Sue were lifelong contributors to humanitarian and Christian causes, and worshipped and served faithfully as elders at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church in Houston. Even as declining health afflicted Charlie in his later years, he maintained his sweet spirit and boundless optimism. A passage from II Corinthians 4:16-18 well describes Charlie’s indomitable spirit: “I do not lose heart; even though my outward man is perishing, yet my inner man is being renewed day by day. For this light affliction which is momentary is working for me a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while I do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are unseen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are unseen are eternal.” Charlie “Robbie” Robinson has left an indelible memory in the lives of thousands, and a tremendous legacy in the realm of business, faith, West Point alumni activities, and, most importantly, in four generations of family members. Well done, Thou good and faithful servant, Charlie Robinson. For those desiring, Charlie and his family have asked that gifts in his memory be provided to Military Ministry, designation #2844852, noting the “Charles L. Robinson Memorial Fund”. Military Ministry, 750 Middle Ground, Newport News, VA 23606. Tel. 800-444-6006. Internment will be at the West Point Cemetery, West Point, NY, later this year.

Published in Houston Chronicle from January 11 to January 15, 2009

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