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Former Pasadena Bar Association President David Robinson Dies; 95

Published on Monday, September 2, 2013 | 6:06 am

Former Pasadena Bar Association President David Kirk Robinson, who was also the President of the California Bar Association and of the Western States Bar Conference, died August 20. He was 95.

Robinson practiced law at the Hahn and Hahn law firm in Pasadena from 1946 through his retirement in 2006. His wife, Charmian Burkhard Everding, was also a resident of the district.

He also served the district by becoming a member of Board of Burbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority (1986-93), Life Member of Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association and the City of Pasadena Senior Commission.

Robinson was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 30, 1918 to Jean Kirk Robinson and Howard Hall Robinson. He was raised in Detroit, Michigan and studied in Highland Park High School where he graduated as Class President and as an Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

He graduated from Princeton University in 1940 and later studied at the Harvard Law School for two years. His studies were interrupted when he served as an FBI special agent. It is also the time when he met Everding. Robinson graduated from Stanford Law School early 1946, and got married with Everding a few months after.

The Pasadena lawyer also served as a member of the the Board of the Western Justice Center Foundation, California Savings and Loan League, US Savings and Loan League, American Board of Trial Advocates, and a Fellow and Chair of American College of Trial Lawyers.

In addition, he was also a part of Kiwanis Club, University Club, the Athenaeum at Caltech, Past President and Member of Board of Trustees of Polytechnic School, Member and Past President of Valley Hunt Club, Member of Twilight Club, Chancery Club, Association of Former FBI Agents and All Saints Church.

Robinson was given the Donald R. Wright Distinguished Service Award in 1998.

His hobbies include playing sports, fly fishing, duck hunting, skiing, river rafting, tennis, body surfing and travelling.

He is survived by his four children: Rob, Ann Collins, Peter and Tim, as well as their respective partners: Linda Winston, Jim and Kay Hodlik. He will also be missed by his grandchildren, Lindseley Adams, Linsley Adams, Robin Norris, Trevor Robinson, Sarah Robinson and Kelsey Collins. He is also survived by Peter’s stepson, Rod Hodlik, his wife Kiera Miller, and their son Quinn.

Donations can be given in lieu of flowers at All Saints Church, 132 N. Euclid Avenue; The Land Trust for Santa Barbara County, P.O. Box 91830, Santa Barbara; and in support of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh or Princeton University Annual Giving, c/o Beth Perrino, PO Box 5357, Princeton.

David’s life will be celebrated at All Saints Church on September 27 at 11:00 a.m.

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