In Memoriam: Dollye Mary Emily Robinson, 1927-2020

Dollye Robinson, who had a career spanning 60 years at Jackson State University in Mississippi, died recently at the age of 93. She was named dean emerita in 2012.

Dr. Robinson earned a bachelor’s degree in music from what is now Jackson State University. She also held a bachelor’s degree, two master’s degrees, and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston Illinois.

Robinson began her career at Jackson State University in 1952 as the assistant band director and instructor of music. Over her long career at the university Robinson served in leadership positions including head of the department of music, chair of the Division of Fine Arts, associate dean of the School of Liberal Arts, and dean of the College of Liberal Arts.

Thomas K. Hudson, president of Jackson State University, stated that “like many Jacksonians, Dr. Robinson served as my dean during my matriculation at JSU. She was an invaluable talent and resource to her students and our university. Dr. Robinson will always be remembered and celebrated as a higher-education icon, trailblazer, and breaker of glass ceilings. Her tremendous impact on JSU will resound infinitely.”

The College of Liberal Arts building on the campus of Jackson State University is named in her honor.

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  1. Condolences to the Robinson family for their loss. Jackson State University should minimally establish an Endowed Chair in Dr. Robinson’s name since she dedicated a significant portion of her life to Jackson State University. Lets Go Tigers!

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