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Albert Dale Robinson

April 16, 1927 ~ February 9, 2024 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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Albert Robinson Obituary

ROBINSON, Albert Dale, 96, passed away on February 9, 2024. He was born on April 16, 1927, to Frank Herbert Robinson and Ruby Ethel Robinson (Dixon), in Vincennes, Indiana. Albert had a twin sister, Harriet (Jean), and three older sisters: Elizabeth (Dee Dee), Ruby, and Frances

Albert grew up in Vincennes, where his father was both a mortician and casket salesman. When he was at Lincoln High School, during World War II, he was the editor of the school newspaper and participated in football and track. He still holds the school record in the 20-meter dash. Fishing was his favorite pastime.

 After high school and the war ended, Albert attended the Navy radar school as a Naval Enlisted Seaman, where he learned how to fix Naval electrical equipment. While enlisted, he was awarded the American Area Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon. Soon after, Albert started dating a beautiful high school senior, Barbara Lou Lewis. They eloped to Morganfield, Kentucky on June 18, 1948, and were married for 75 years.

Albert attended Indiana University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and mathematics in June 1950. There he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity. Albert then joined the Air Force during the Korean War, where he was a 1st Lieutenant and an instructor of Aircraft Maintenance from 1950 to 1952. Soon after, he worked for the Crowley Division of AVCO, supervising the development of the AM receiver transmission unit, responsible for the 1st transistor radio.

Starting in 1955 he worked for Bendix Corporation as the Chief Electronics Engineer in the Mishawaka Missile section. He directed development and production activities for all airborne equipment on the Talos missiles.

From 1959 to 1962, Albert worked at the Pacific division of Bendix, in the Electromechanical Research Division of Schlumberger. Here he developed an ultraviolet imaging photometer used by the Smithsonian to make the first ultraviolet star map of the universe, later he continued putting his engineering talents to work in the Bendix Aerospace Systems Division. As a Project Manager, his accomplishments included designing hardware and software to process satellite data. In 1962, Albert gained his Private Pilot License for an Airplane Single Engine Land Plane. He was an active and long-time member of the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, beginning in 1959.

In 1966, Albert moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan where he worked for Land Stat, serving as the Program Manager of the Earth Resources Technology Satellite. Here he worked on the Apollo Lunar Surface program as the Project Engineer who was responsible for experiments left on the Moon. Albert also earned a master’s degree in physics from Eastern Michigan University while working full-time.

In July of 1969, NASA presented Albert with the Apollo Achievement award for his dedicated service to the nation, as a member of the team which advanced the nation’s capabilities in aeronautics and space and demonstrated them in many outstanding accomplishments culminating in Apollo 11’s successful achievement of man’s first landing on the moon. He was one of the only men in the world to work on two Lunar Surface Experiments.

In January 1970. Albert received a personal letter of commendation from all the astronauts at NASA for the outstanding manner in which he personally supported and advanced the manned space flight program through excellence in his work. The astronauts gave Albert the “Silver Snoopy” which is the astronauts' personal award for professional excellence…given only to those whom they regard as the very best in their respective professions. With this award, he also received a medallion that is made with metal from the spacecraft.

Albert left his engineering career in 1972 to become the Instructional Coordinator of the Electrical/Electronic Department at Washtenaw Community College. He expanded his program’s curriculum to include computer courses, creating the Digital Equipment Technology program. In 1984 Albert was made Dean of Computer and Electronic Education, responsible for administering computer programs, consolidating computer training courses on the campus., and maintaining the College’s relationship with local computer and electronics industries. He nurtured close ties with the industry resulting in over $500,000 in equipment donations. During his tenure as Dean, he also became the Founder of the weekend college program.

Once retired, Albert loved traveling the country with Barbara, in the couple’s Airstream Trailer, and eventually built a splendid custom home in Navarre Florida. While in Florida, he resumed his love for fishing, purchasing a 16-foot Boston Whaler and an F150 for portage. In 2006 Albert and Barbara moved to the Magnolia Trace Community in Huntsville Alabama, after living through two iconic hurricanes on Florida’s Gulf Coast. Albert became active in local Church work, teaching Bible Study and Disciples classes. His last move, with Barbara, was to Mechanicsville, Virginia to be closer to family, just 6 days before his passing.

His friends and family will fondly remember his most famous sayings: “Is there anything I can do for you?” “Well, you thought wrong”, “Don’t should’ve on yourself”, “Nothing can replace dumb luck”, and finally, “No news is as good as it sounds at first or as bad as it seems” Albert was a fountain of dry wit., never-ending love, wisdom, faith, and support to all that knew him.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Elizabeth (Dee Dee) Highsmith (Harold), Frances Helming, twin sisters Harriet (Jean) Watson (Joe), and Ruby Ramsey (Augustus). Survivors include his sons- Frank Robinson (Raylene Jorgensen) of Richmond, Virginia; Craig Robinson (Linda Burak) of Murrieta California; Bruce Robinson (Sherry Peplau) of Canton Michigan; and Rand Robinson of Keaau, Hawaii; four grandsons- Travis Robinson (Jaime Ruiz) of Denver Colorado; Brent Robinson of San Francisco, California, Noel Robinson (Brittany Morhiser) of Newport News Virginia, and Justin Robertson (Kaitlyne Robinette) of Bonney Lake, Washington; and four granddaughters- Lauren Gardiner (Jeff) of Oceanside, California; Brittany Kolb (Ryan) of Richmond, Virginia; Blaire Dresseler (Tim) of Oceanside, California; and Chelsea Robinson of Powhatan Virginia; six great-grandchildren, and three nieces.

Albert’s final resting place will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Vincennes, Indiana. Memorial donations may be sent to Downtown Rescue Mission-Huntsville Alabama. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at:

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