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Volume 60, Number 28    April 2, 2013         

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In Memoriam

Bill Robinson
Professor Emeritus of English Bill Robinson died at his home on March 15 at the age of 80.

Robinson joined SF State in 1967 and taught until his retirement in 1998. He was a founder and decades-long coordinator of the Composition Program. His passion was teaching and training teachers of writing, which led him to assert that "students must write on assignments that require them to use what they’ve read so that they would start learning to read with accuracy and comprehension. Such assignments, if well designed, should also bring the world of the university into the basic writing classroom, where it surely belongs."

Robinson will be remembered for the encouragement he offered his students at all levels, for the hours he spent on campus causes of all kinds, for the recommendation letters he wrote and the job leads he graciously passed along, and for the careers he helped launch and fostered. Some will also remember him for his insights and his irascibility, or his devilish sense of humor and his Cold War work ethic, or for his disgust when the Giants failed to score with a runner on third and less than two outs.


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