John McCully Robinson ’47 died on July 9, 2006, in Portland.
John McCully Robinson ’47 died on July 9, 2006, in Portland. Born on April 21, 1925, in Portland, he prepared for college at Deering High School and at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946 during World War II, attaining the rank of ensign. He attended Tufts University, Notre Dame University, and Harvard University in the Navy’sV-12 program. After the war he entered Bowdoin and became a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity. Following his graduation as a member of the Class of 1947, he entered the family business in Portland, the C. H. Robinson Paper Company. He served as a president of the Boston Paper Trade Association, as a director of the National Paper Trade Association, and as president of the New England Merchants Association. He served as president and chief executive officer of C. H. Robinson, which was sold in its 100th year under the management of the Robinson family. He was a trustee and a director of many organizations, including the Maine National Bank, the Rufus Deering Company, the Maine Girls and Boys Club, the Maine Coast Heritage Trust, Opportunity Farm, the American Red Cross, the Sun Savings Bank, Greater Portland Landmarks, and Westbrook College. He was president of the Cumberland Club from 1982 to 1984, commodore of the Portland Yacht Club in 1969-1970, and a member of the Cruising Club of America. As a trustee and treasurer of the Maine Coast Heritage Trust he was involved in many transactions involving the conservation of land along the coast of Maine. As a landowner of significant property in Cape Elizabeth he made it possible for the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust to acquire 83 acres of woodland and waterfront, now known as Robinson Woods. Surviving are his wife, Cornelia Leighton Robinson; a sister, Ann E. Strout of Cape Elizabeth and Boston; four stepsons, James L. Madden of Round Hill,VT, David C. Madden of Manhattan Beach, CA, Benjamin D. Madden of Cos Cob, CT, and Geoffrey G. Madden of New York City; seven step- grandchildren; a niece; and seven nephews.