In Memoriam

Isabella McIntyre Tobin (1915-2010)

Isabella Tobin, a longtime educator in the Atlanta public school system and patron of black women’s higher education, has died at an assisted living facility in Atlanta. She was 94 years old. At the time of her death, Tobin had donated more money to Spelman College than any other living alumna.

Tobin was a native of Rochester, New York. She enrolled at New York University but after two years transferred to Spelman College. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Spelman in 1945 and later was awarded a master of social work degree from Atlanta University.

Tobin’s husband Lucius was a pastor and professor at Morehouse College and Spelman College. Isabella was a teacher and high school guidance counselor. Donations to Spelman were part of her yearly budget. She lived frugally and never had children.

Kevin J. Robinson (1969-2009)

Kevin J. Robinson, assistant professor of social work and social research at Bryn Mawr College, died last month at the age of 40.

Robinson had been on the Bryn Mawr faculty since 2007. He was involved in public health research with a focus on HIV/AIDS prevention.

Robinson was a graduate of Clemson University. He held a master’s degree in health administration from Pennsylvania State University and a master of social work degree from the University of Michigan. In 2006 he was awarded a doctorate in public health from Columbia University.