Harold B. Robinson, a former attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, died on Sunday, July 28, 2019. He was 82.
He was born on Jan. 22, 1937 in Washington D.C. He was one of four children born to the late Hilda C. and Harold C. Robinson.
The family later moved to Philadelphia. After graduating from St. Thomas Moore High School, he enlisted the U.S. Army, where he served as a special forces paratrooper. As a result, Robinson was chosen to serve as an honor guard in President John Kennedy’s funeral as he lay in state at the rotunda. He later graduated Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in political science.
While working overnight at the post office, he attended Howard University Law School where his close friend John King introduced him to his future wife, Vivian Carol. He went on to pass the Nebraska and D.C. bar exams.
He initially joined a private law practice with John King and Bernard Dory — two of his law school compatriots and friends.
Robinson and his wife raised their five children in Washington D.C. For the sake of family and greater financial opportunity, he accepted a position as an attorney with the Department of Agriculture.
His interests included voracious editing of articles in The Washington Post, playing pool, playing chess, listening to jazz and honoring the church. He did daily exercises learned in the military and was relatively fit most of his life.
“Harold lived sensibly, loved his family passionately and cherished his friends deeply,” his family said in a tribute. “He had a sharp wit, cool swag and good taste with humor. He inherited good genes for longevity and had a charm that will never be forgotten.”
He was preceded in death by his wife; children, Robby and Viv and sister, Carole.
He is survived by: his sons, Harold and Dameon; daughter, Helen P. Cooke; son-in-law, Damian Cooke; brother, Ira; sister, Esther; nieces, Kelly, Cheyney and Melanie; nephew, Shawn and other relatives and friends.
Services will be held Aug. 10 at Augustine Catholic Church, 1419 V Street, NW, Washington, D.C. Friends may call at 11 a.m. Mass will follow at noon.