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Roscoe R. RobinsonRoscoe R. Robinson

President of Central State Teachers College (1939-1948)


Biographical Information

  • Born January 19, 1885 in Cambridge, Ohio
  • Married Margaret Robinson. They had two children: Roscoe Ross Jr. and Lucy Jane. Mrs. Pauline Irby was his daughter by a former marriage.
  • Died of a heart ailment on October 1, 1948 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


  • 1911 B.A. Lebanon University, Lebanon, Ohio
  • 1918 M.A. University of Oklahoma
  • 1928 Ph.D George Peabody College for Teachers (Now a part of Vanderbilt University), Nashville, Tennessee
  • 1935 Honorary LL.D. Oklahoma City University


  • 1905 - 1911 Rural teacher in the state of Ohio
  • 1911 - 1913 Principal of Perry High School, Perry, Oklahoma
  • 1913 - 1917 Superintendent of Perry City Schools
  • 1918 - 1921 Member of the faculty at East Central State Teachers College (Now East Central University), Ada, Oklahoma
  • 1921 - 1925 Head of the Department of Education and Director of the Training School at East Central State Teachers College
  • 1926 - 1928 Dean of Faculty at East Central State Teachers College
  • 1927 - 1928 Acting President of East Central State Teachers College
  • 1928 - 1939 President of Northern Oklahoma Junior College (Now Northern Oklahoma College), Tonkawa, Oklahoma
  • 1939 Board of Education elects Mr. Robinson as President of then Central State Teachers College at age 54 on August 1
  • 1948 Dr. Robinson dies suddenly of a heart attack at age 63 on October 1

Awards and Affiliations

  • Member of Kappa Delta Phi
  • Member of Phi Delta Kappa
  • Member of the Edmond Methodist Church
  • Member of the Edmond Kiwanis Club
  • President of the Lion's Club of both Ada and Tonkawa
  • Vice-President of Northern Oklahoma Area Boy Scouts of America
  • 32nd Degree Mason
  • President of the Northern Oklahoma Educational Association