Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 2, 2015
JOHN JAMES ROBINSON
Of Springfield, Virginia was born November 2, 1921 in Dearborn, Michigan and passed
away from heart failure November 30, 2015, he was 94.
His wife of 59 years, Rose, preceded him in death.
He is survived by their six children, five grandchildren and one great grandchild and his
loving companion Barbara Corning.
He moved to Washington D.C. at age 11 and graduated from Central High School
He worked in radio-controlled model aircraft and became a journeyman machinist at the
In WWII, he learned electronics in the Marine Corps. After the war, he worked at Naval
Research Laboratory and enjoyed his 42 years in electronics design for exploration of
the seas and the skies. He continued his career for another decade in the private sector
as a consulting engineer.
He was a member of the Virginia Elks Arlington-Fairfax Lodge No. 2188 and was a
wonderful dancer. He attended Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale.
He was exceptionally handy and did all of his home repairs until he was 85. He liked his
reclining chair, which he purchased in 1960 and rebuilt it many times.
Services will be at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA
on Monday, December 7, 2015 at 10 a.m.
Family will receive friends beginning at 9 a.m. www.fmfh.com
Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home, L.L.C.
9902 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22032