2:33 p.m., Sept. 14, 2010----David M. Robinson Jr., 81, of Cudjoe Key, Fla., and formerly of Wilmington, died Thursday, Sept. 2, at Delaware Hospice Center in Milford.
A UD alumnus and longtime member of the faculty, Dr. Robinson earned three degrees at UD: his bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering in 1954, his master's degree in electrical engineering in 1960 and his Ph.D. in 1964, when he became the first student to earn a Ph.D. in electrical engineering.
After working at Bell Labs and Morton Thiokol, Dr. Robinson returned to the University as a professor in the College of Engineering. He retired as professor emeritus in 1996 and continued an affectionate connection with the UD staff members and former students.
In 1997, he received the College of Engineering's Outstanding Alumni Award.
Dr. Robinson was a huge fan of the Blue Hens, and he and his wife attended nearly every home game for over 30 years.
After his retirement, he divided his time between Bethany Beach, Del., and Cudjoe Key, Fla. An avid fisherman, he loved spending time on his boat off the Delaware coast, but enjoyed fishing and diving in the Keys even more. He was extremely proud of becoming a certified scuba diver at the age of 65. Most recently, he enjoyed spending his time with his partner, Sharon Clarke and his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Dr. Robinson he was preceded in death by his wife, Doris (Carter) Robinson, in 1995 and his brother, Donald B. Robinson.
He is survived by his son, Mark D. Robinson and his wife, Renee, of Bethany Beach; his partner, Sharon Clarke of Sayre, Pa.; two grandchildren, Alyssa and Jake Robinson; Ms. Clarke's daughter, Jennifer Wakely and her husband, Drew, and their children, Destiny, Jack and Olivia; and Ms. Clarke's son, Andrew Clarke.
A graveside service was held Sept. 11 at Gracelawn Memorial Park in New Castle. A memorial service will be held at noon, Saturday, Sept. 18, at Hastings Funeral Home, 19 South Main St. in Selbyville.
Condolences may be sent by visiting the Hastings Funeral Home website.