James Neal Robinson
- BORN: July 11, 1949
- DIED: May 28, 2014
- LOCATION: Laurel, Maryland
James Neal Robinson, 64, of Scaggsville, Maryland passed away unexpectedly on May 28th at his home in Scaggsville. He was born on July 11th, 1949 in Jarrettsville, MD to Donald Robinson Sr. and Helen Gross Robinson.
In 1967, Jim graduated from Randolph-Macon Academy in Front Royal, VA, enlisting in the United States Army shortly thereafter. He served 5 years as an enlisted soldier in the Army Security Agency, spending much of that time stationed in South Korea. Returning to attend the University of Maryland, College Park on the GI Bill, Jim found a venue in which to satisfy his intellectual curiosity and launch an extraordinarily fulfilling career. Jim's career at the University of Maryland spanned 40 years, beginning with his service as a student firefighter with the College Park Fire Department, to his most recent position as Assistant Director for Electrical Services and Life Safety Systems. In between he earned a masters degree and advanced through various positions of increasing responsibility. During a career devoted to ensuring the safety of thousands of UMD students, Jim held countless leadership and mentoring positions both on and off campus. He was the former Chairman of the Campus Safety Health and Environmental Management Association, a member of the National Safety Council Board of Delegates, and author of numerous articles for college planning and management publications. In 2007, Jim received the Distinguished Service to Safety Award from the National Safety Council, the organization's highest award.
Outside of work, Jim was a pillar of his community, taking leadership roles in numerous church and civic organizations. He served as Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster of BSA Troop 424, Savage, MD, President of the Potomac-Patuxent Chapter of Trout Unlimited, a member of Project Healing Waters, and on countless boards and committees at Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Scaggsville. This was all in addition to providing limitless support and guidance to his children and family. In his spare time he enjoyed fly-fishing and woodworking.
Jim is survived by his wife of 39 years, Rosemary Tripoli Robinson of Laurel, MD; his children Sara Tripoli Robinson of New York, NY and James Tripoli Robinson of Washington, D.C.; his brother Donald Francis Robinson Jr. of Jarretsville, MD and sister Carolyn Robinson Lang of Bel Air, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 10755 Scaggsville Road Laurel, MD 20723