We remember Mr. James “Jim” C. Robinson, who passed away on May 28, 2017 at the age of 94. Mr. Robinson, having lived in the city of Orlando from an early age, was a figurehead for Orlando from the early years of our city’s growth. He truly was “Orlando’s Son”, and his memory shall live on forever within us all.
Mr. Robinson associated with LeRoy B. Giles in 1948, becoming a name partner in the firm of Giles & Robinson, P.A. in 1953. Mr. Robinson was a graduate of the University of Florida, where he received both his law degree and undergraduate degree. While at the University of Florida, Mr. Robinson was a member of Florida Blue Key, the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, and Phi Delta Theta fraternity. Between his undergraduate studies and law school, Mr. Robinson was a private first class in the army where he served as an officer in France and Germany in World War II, finishing his tour of duty as a First Lieutenant in the Field Artillery in 1946.
Mr. Robinson is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court and U.S. Supreme Court. His numerous civic activities include Past Provisional Chairman, United Funding for the Arts, Committee of 100 of Orange County, Inc.; Past President and member of Board of Directors of Kiwanis Club of Orlando; Sidney A. Singleton Memorial Award for Civic Achievement; Past President and Chairman of Board of Directors of Orlando Area Chamber of Commerce; former Board of Directors and Past President of WMFE-TV, Channel 24; Past President and member of Board of Directors of Central Florida Civic Theatre; Past President and Director of Children’s Home Society of Florida, Inc.; former member of Commission on Future Government Study Commission; candidate for Congress, 1968; Chairman, Goals 2000; and former member of the Orange County Charter Revision Commission.
Mr. Robinson played a major role in the establishment of Florida Technological University, which is now known as the University of Central Florida (UCF). UCF is currently the second largest university in the United States. Mr. Robinson received an honorary doctorate from the University of Central Florida, and a resolution from the founders honoring him. The Second president of the University, Dr. Trevor Colbourn, said, “If anyone could be called the Father of the University of Central Florida, it would be Jim Robinson.”
University of Florida, 1948
- LL.B. (replaced with J.D. 1957)
- Florida Blue Key
- Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
- Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
University of Florida, 1943