- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Edgar Stern Robinson, a professor of political philosophy at American University for 30 years, died June 24 of congestive heart failure at the Collington Retirement Community in Mitchellville, Md. He was 85.

Mr. Robinson, a resident of the District since 1953, graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College in 1941.

He received a master’s degree in political science in 1942 and a doctorate in philosophy from Columbia University in 1952.

Mr. Robinson was known for his wisdom, compassion and sense of humor. He consistently was evaluated by students as the most effective teacher on campus during the 1970s.

He became an authority on the philosopher-educator John Dewey, helping to lay the groundwork for future studies programs around the country.

After retiring, he devoted his life to promoting world peace through his ideas on the commonality of humankind. Working collaboratively with friends and former students, he and his work inspired a broad stream of innovative global media activity.

His wife of 52 years, Laura Ashrow Robinson, who eventually owned her own real estate company, died in 2000.

He is survived by his daughter, Tamar Lasky of the District; a son, David Robinson of Boca Raton, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

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