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Arthur J. “Art” Robins

Death 2 Sep 2010 (aged 89)
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Obituary, The Columbia Daily Tribune, September 7, 2010:

Dr. Arthur J. Robins, 89, known as "Art" to his friends and colleagues, died peacefully in his sleep early Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010, following a spirited battle against cancer, as in everything he did.

His long and active life was marked by a fascinating and varied career in academics, public service and community activities.

He was born July 21, 1921.

Dr. Robins' curiosity and intellect were captured in his storytelling, where he frequently recounted stories from his rough and tumble childhood in New York, to the war in the South Pacific, to professional training in the Midwest and to voyages overseas.

He always noticed the little moments, those that could be easily overlooked, and transformed these incidents into opportunities for humor and laughter.

Dr. Robins and his late wife, Betty, were intrepid travelers whose professional and personal interests took them to live in India, Iran, Bangladesh and Malaysia. Their experiences abroad cultivated an enduring passion for South Asian arts and culture, made them collectors and deeply inspired their children, extended family and friends.

He and Betty were among the co-founders of the Columbia Art League, founded in 1956. The success of the art league was a source of great pride for them, and it remains a flourishing community arts center.

After the death of his beloved wife, Betty, he was fortunate to meet a wonderful woman, Ann Ricketts, who became his partner and source of joy and love. They often enjoyed afternoons boating on the Missouri River, accompanied by his son and friends. They shared many adventures, and the family is grateful for their companionship in his last days.

Dr. Robins earned a bachelor of arts degree from City College, a master of arts from Carnegie Mellon, and a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Minnesota.

He first moved to Columbia in 1953, where he became director of the School of Social Work at the University of Missouri.

After spending several years as a professor at Vanderbilt University and abroad, he returned to Columbia to the Department of Psychiatry in 1975.

After retirement as professor emeritus, he remained active at the university, teaching in the Honors College until spring 2010. Among the many honors he received, he most cherished the "ODK" award, an honor that recognizes excellence in teaching, after being nominated at 85 years of age by an honors student.

He is survived by his two children, Michael Robins of Hartsburg and Lisa Robins Pauze and her husband, Hervé Pauze, of Beijing; granddaughters, Mila Robins of Columbia and Sophie Pauze of New York; a sister, Rae Goldhamer of Denver; and nieces and nephews around the United States.

Services will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent, in Dr. Robins' memory, to the Columbia Art League, 207 S. Ninth St., Columbia, Mo., 65201. Online condolences may be left for the family at


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