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Donald "Ed" Robison

July 1, 1931 November 16, 2018
Donald "Ed" Robison
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Donald Edward Robison, known to all as Ed and to his grandchildren as Grandpa Donald, passed away peacefully in his Hyde Park home with loved ones at his side, on November 16, 2018, at the age of 87. He is survived by his son, David Robison; his three daughters, Jean Robison Weglinski, Julie Cook, Rebecca Robison-Veprek; his grandchildren Alexander Robison, Michaela Weglinski, Andrew Weglinski, Lola Cook, Kyra Veprek and Leah Veprek; his sister Janet Moore; as well as several nieces and nephews and great- nieces and nephews. He will also be remembered by his former wife and mother of his children, Emily Hauss Robison; his daughter-in-law Anitra Dreyfuss; his sons-in-law Jim Weglinski, Dave Cook, and Gregory Veprek; and his brother-in-law Conrad Moore. Ed was born in Alturas, CA, on July 1st, 1931, to Donald David and Thelma Blanche Robison, who adoringly referred to him as “Eddy Boy.” He spent his young childhood in San Gabriel, CA, before moving with his family to Springfield, OR, where he spent his teen years. After high school, he received his Bachelor’s degree at the University of Oregon, where he was also a pole vaulter on the college track team. He served two years in the Army during the Korean War, stationed at White Sands Proving Ground in New Mexico. He went on to earn both his Masters and Ph.D. from Ohio State University, and, in this time was married and started his family. He began his professional career at TRW Inc. in Los Angeles, where he worked as an aerospace statistician for 12 years while raising his family there, until a career change brought him and his family across the country to their home in Hyde Park, NY. As a faculty member of Union College, Professor Robison taught graduate courses in statistics, computer science and operations research at the Poughkeepsie, Schenectady and Pittsfield locations for 25 years, retiring in 1996. He resided in his cherished home in Hyde Park for a total of 47 years.  Ed was devoted to his family, for whom he would go to any length on a moment’s notice. Among Ed’s many passions, music, theater and dance were high on his list, and, he enthusiastically attended live performances of all kinds, such as the 35 times he saw David as assistant conductor and pianist of Phantom of the Opera and the many theatrical and musical performances of Jean, Julie, Becky, and his grandchildren. He was dedicated to his hobby as a home-movie maker and videographer, and he enriched his families’ lives by capturing moments and milestones of each child and grandchild. Ed also loved comic books and was an avid collector, loved all things Walt Disney and enjoyed regularly heading off to the movie theater for the latest release. Community and friendship were very important to Ed, and he was a valued member of the Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church, where he sang in the choir and actively participated in events. He was a devoted member of the Rhinebeck Choral Club for 15 years, enjoying comradery and musicianship with his colleagues, while also serving as the Club’s librarian. Appreciating the rich artistic culture of the Hudson Valley, Ed poured over events sections of newspapers in order to call a buddy and ask to join him for any variety of local concerts, plays or events. Later in life, Ed and a few of his pals formed the “Seniors Roller Coaster Club,” road-tripping to different amusement parks to ride the roller coasters together! As a true lover of nature, Ed basked in the scenic glory of the Hudson Valley landscape. He was well known for taking family and friends on his favorite hike at North Lake, on long walks at the Vanderbilt Estate, as well as up and down his street, where he would look around at his surroundings and contentedly sigh, “Beautiful.” He loved to gaze at the Hudson River and watch the boats and barges go by and look up at the sky to observe the clouds. Over the years he regularly returned to the Pacific Northwest to spend time with his sister and her family and to visit another of his favorite places, the Oregon coast. Ed lovingly shared his passions with his family and friends, wanting for all to experience the same joys and pleasures that he felt from them. He had a zest and appreciation of everyday life, to be admired and to be strived for by all. Our whole family wishes to thank everyone who loved and cared for Ed in the last decade of his life living with Alzheimer’s, with an extra special thanks to Julie and David for ensuring his safety and happiness as he remained in his Hyde Park home that he so loved, for all of his days.   A service and fellowship in Celebration of his Life will be held at the Hyde Park Reformed Dutch Church, 4408 Albany Post Road, at 1:00pm on Saturday, December 8. Memorial donations in his name may be made to Alzheimer’s Association online at Donald “Ed” Robison Memorial Fund or by calling 800-272-3900. Arrangements are under the direction of Sweet's Funeral Home, Hyde Park. To send a condolence, visit

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