Robinson brothers named 2009 Citizens of the West

Dec 19, 2008
by WLJ
Robinson brothers named 2009 Citizens of the West

Richard L. Robinson and Edward A. Robinson are the National Western Stock Show 2009 Citizens of the West.

The National Western Stock Show named Richard L. Robinson and Edward A. Robinson the 2009 Citizens of the West. The brothers will accept the prestigious award at the annual award dinner on Jan. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center. The Citizen of the West, selected by a committee of community leaders, is an honor bestowed yearly upon individuals who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer and are committed to perpetuating the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.

“Dick and Eddie epitomize what is great about the West; they are open, friendly and giving. They are proud of their Colorado heritage and have worked hard to make the region a better place for us all,” said Bob Malone, chairman and CEO, Steele Street State Bank. The parallel lives of these two outstanding men made it important to choose both for this honor. Dick and Eddie are fourth-generation natives of Denver; their great-grandfather, Lewis Robinson, settled in Lakewood, CO, in 1885. Dick was born in 1929, followed twoand-one-half years later in 1932 by his brother, Eddie.

Both graduated from East High School and attended Colorado A&M, now known as Colorado State University. Dick earned a Bachelor of Science degree in animal husbandry and Eddie earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.

Both men served in the U.S. Army with overseas duty. First Lieutenant Eddie Robinson received an honorable discharge in 1962. Retired Major Dick Robinson, currently U.S. Army Reserve, received the Silver Star, Bronze Star and Purple Heart awards during his tour of duty. Robinson Dairy was established in 1885 by their great grandfather. Dick and Eddie joined the family business in 1954 and 1956, where they spent their entire working careers. Being active in community and charitable organizations was a mutual passion. They not only joined, but also chaired and tirelessly served many of Denver’s prestigious boards, foundations and philanthropies.

“No other individuals are more deserving to be Citizens of the West than brothers Dick and Eddie Robinson. They have set an example of giving for all of us to follow,” said Barry Hirschfeld, president and CEO of National Hirschfeld.

Dick and Eddie sold Robinson Dairy in 1999, but continue to serve as co-chief executive officers of Robinson’s Dairy, LLC. Dick and his wife, Marcia, have two children and four grandchildren. Eddie and his wife, Susan, have six children and 10 grandchildren. Both reside in the Denver area. — WLJ