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Professor Raymond Robinson Retires After 57 Years of Service

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Our annual History Department Awards Ceremony, held at the end of the spring semester to celebrate our seniors and graduate students, will be especially momentous this year. Professor Raymond Robinson, Hon. ’06, is retiring from Northeastern after 57 years of dedicated service.  On May 3rd, we will celebrate the hard work and success of our students, and of Professor Robinson.

We would like to ask for your involvement.

First, we invite you to contribute stories, pictures, quotes, and good wishes to be included in a presentation book celebrating Ray’s career.  We also hope you will consider honoring his passion for undergraduate education by making a gift to the Raymond Robinson Fund, which will support undergraduate research, co-op programs, travel, and course development in the History Department.

During his tenure at Northeastern, Professor Robinson served as Chair of the History Department. Since 1982, he has been Chief Marshal for the University. This accomplished historian and author estimates that he has taught more than 25,000 students during a career that has spanned more than half a century.

“Students never have to look very far to find Ray Robinson,” says William Fowler, Distinguished Professor of History, who first met Robinson as a student and later succeeded him as department chair. “He’s interested in them as people, has a sympathetic ear to their problems, and is always available.  He is a mentor and a model—in every regard, an extraordinary teacher.”

The reason he stayed so long? Robinson just plain loves teaching.  He will miss the classroom, but he will still stay close to his students, some of whom have grown into his very best friends—a testament to the man behind the educator.

Please submit your tribute and philanthropic gift to:
Northeastern University
Brian Denning
716 Columbus Avenue, 402CP,
Boston, MA 02120
Memo: Raymond Robinson Fund
Questions: b.denning@neu.edu – 617.373.5081