Walter Kenneth Robinson, Sr., an original Tuskegee Airman, known as "Walt," of Washington, DC., passed away on Monday, November 23, 2020, on his 100th birthday. He died peacefully with family and friends by his side.
Born and raised in Baltimore, MD, he attended Douglas High School and Howard University. In 1941, he volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Corps. He trained at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Tuskegee, AL, to become a war pilot and was honorably discharged in 1945.Thereafter, he worked at the United States Post Office where he became Manager of Delivery and Collection for Washington, DC. He retired from the Post Office after 35 years of service.
Walter was an avid golfer until the age of 98; "tech savvy", he truly loved life. He was an active member of the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ, a past President and Secretary of the Bachelor Benedict Club, a proud member of the Brookland Literary and Hunting Club, and an esteemed member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (pledged Beta Chapter 1939-1940). As a distinguished member of the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen and one of the few remaining Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen, he received his replica of the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor from DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton at a special ceremony in April 2017.
Walter was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. John C. and Clara Denning Robinson; his brother, John; and his beloved wife of 59 years, Edmonia. He is survived by his son, Walter K. Robinson, Jr. (Barbara Fox); his granddaughter, Gretchen; nieces, Phyllis Hammond and Carol Robinson; among other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will take place at the Peoples Congregational United Church of Christ on Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m. Due to limited seating, livestreaming will be available at www.peopleschurchucc.org.
To honor Walter's amazing journey in life, donations in his name can be made to the East Coast Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen at P.O. Box 8234 Washington, DC. 20032.
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