Adelbert Carl Robinson, also known as A. Carl Robinson, died on the 6th day of January, 2017 at the age of 90. He was born on December 13, 1926 to William H. Robinson and Mayme F. Robinson in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Adelbert (the name he was known by through high school) graduated from Shawnee High School in 1944 and attended Oklahoma Baptist University beginning in the fall of 1944. He completed the first semester and was drafted shortly after beginning the second semester. After an honorable discharge from the army, he re-entered O.B.U. for the spring semester of 1947 and transferred to the University of Oklahoma in the fall of 1947. He graduated from the law school with a Bachelor of Law degree in June of 1950, and later received a Juris Doctorate Degree and was admitted to the bar in 1950.
After graduation, he was employed by Phillips Petroleum Company in the legal department. He was later employed by U.S. Fidelity and Guaranty Co. as an adjuster and was placed in charge of a new office opened in Muskogee, OK. He entered private practice in 1956 with Julian B. Fite under the firm name of Fite and Robinson which eventually became the law firm of Robinson, Locke, Gage, Fite and Williams. As a member of the bar, he took part in many bar activities, including chairman of the uniform laws committee, chairman of the professional cooperation committee, delegate to the bar conventions and as president of the Muskogee County Bar Association. He was also one of two Oklahoma lawyers selected to accompany U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese to the U.S./China Joint Session on Trade, Investment and Economic Law which met in the Great Hall of the Peoples Republic in Beijing, China.
He was appointed Police Judge and, after obtaining legislation for its authorization, established the Municipal Court of the City of Muskogee, becoming the city's first Municipal Judge. He was a member and director of the Oklahoma Association of Municipal Judges. In 1981, he was appointed as Principal Justice of Temporary Division No. 36 of the Oklahoma Court of Appeals. In 1997, he was appointed Special District Judge, a position he held until his retirement in 2012.
As president and director of Three Forks Development Corporation and Suroya II, Inc., he developed five sub-divisions in Muskogee and was involved in several others.
He was a trustee of the Connors College Development Foundation on which he served as Chairman, a director of Sells Petroleum Corporation of Dallas, served as past president of United Way of Muskogee, and past president of the Muskogee Rotary club. He was also a director of First of Muskogee Corporation, First Bancshares of Muskogee, First City Bank of Tulsa, and advisory director of the First National Bank and Trust Co. of Muskogee. He was also a partner in First City Real Estate partnership and managing partner of RLG Ritz. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Muskogee.
Carl's hobbies were coin collecting, stamp collecting, music (piano), painting art and woodworking. He was also an avid bridge player.
He is survived by his wife, Paula of the home; his children, William C. Robinson and his wife Desai of New Orleans, LA, Lawrence C. Robinson of Oklahoma City, James H. Robinson and his wife Dona of Norman, OK, Donald M. Robinson of Vinita, OK, David M. Robinson and his wife Vicki of Tulsa, OK, Schuyler Robinson and his wife Joann of Tulsa, OK, Nancy M. Roberts and her husband Shawn of Tulsa, Lauri Hammer and her husband Tom of Tulsa, OK, Shelby Harper and her husband Keith of Bethesda, MD, and Rowdy Settles II of Chantilly, VA; his brother, Howard Robinson of Middletown Springs, Vermont; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and other family members.
A celebration of life honoring Judge Carl Robinson will be 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2017, at First United Methodist Church in Muskogee, with Dr. Jack Kemper officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Muskogee County Bar Association. Interment will be a private family service at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee.
Funeral services are under the direction of Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N. York Street, Muskogee, Oklahoma. Condolences may be made to the family online at www.cornerstoneofmuskogee.com.
Published on January 14, 2017