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The passing of fellow Phi, John Munro Robinson

Friday, February 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tyler Kocak
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We are saddened to announce the passing of a proud, life long Phi.


John Munro Robinson

7/8/1917 – 2/18/2017

La Jolla resident, Navy officer, attorney, baseball coach, father, and friend, John Munro Robinson, 99, passed away peacefully on February 18th.

John was born and raised in Minneapolis, played baseball, delivered newspapers and worked for two years following his graduation, saving money to enroll at the University of Minnesota. John was a proud member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and Phi Psi.

With the onset of World War II, John was commissioned into the Navy and assigned to Washington, D.C. where he met Kathleen Estelle Tanner. They married on February 6, 1943 in Arlington, VA. Two sons followed, John Jr. (Skip) in 1944, and David in 1946.

During WW II, Lieutenant Robinson served as a communications officer in the Pacific and in Pleasanton, CA, until leaving the Navy to complete law school. 

John began his career in banking, but was interrupted by the Korean War. The Navy recalled and promoted him to Lieutenant Commander, relocating the Robinsons to San Diego.

John and Kathy discovered La Jolla, renting three homes before purchasing, in 1952, the house that became home for 65 years. Third son, Bruce, was born in 1954.

Although an attorney and admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, John’s career was in estate planning until retirement in 1982.

John and Kathy traveled extensively, enjoying over 50 countries and 50 states.

John coached La Jolla Youth Baseball from 1953-1968. In 65 years of La Jolla Youth Baseball, only John’s sons, Dave and Bruce, have played in the Major Leagues.

A member of La Jolla Presbyterian Church since 1954, John served as elder, deacon and on the board of trustees. John was a member of the San Diego Highway Development Association, serving as President in 1964.

John is pre-deceased by wife Kathy (2002) and is survived by sons, John Jr. (Carol) of Sonoma, Dave (Connie) of San Diego, Bruce (Pam) of San Diego and Idaho, 7 grandchildren, Kelly Ridley, Scott Robinson, Tommy Robinson, John Robinson III, Eric Robinson, Patty Doumeng, David Robinson Jr., and 14 great grandchildren. 

John will be fondly remembered for his stories, sense of humor, coaching, love of travel, amazing memory, military service and appreciation of life.

Services will be held on Friday, March 3rd, at La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Avenue, La Jolla, CA. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at El Camino Memorial Park, 5600 Carroll Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92121. A celebration of life will follow. Family and friends are welcome to attend all events.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.