Maryland Historical Trust

John A. Robbins Jr., graphic artist, WW II veteran, headed Ladew Gardens

John A. Robbins Jr., graphic artist, WW II veteran, headed Ladew Gardens

John A. Robbins Jr., a retired graphic artist who headed Ladew Topiary Gardens and was a World War II veteran, died of surgery complications Jan. 6 at the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 92 and lived at the Broadmead Retirement Community.

Born in Martinsburg, W.Va., he was the son of John Adrian Robbins, an American Oil manager, and his wife, Frances Watson. He moved with his family to Bel Air and was a 1943 graduate of Bel Air High School. He attended Washington College for a semester but left school to enlist in the Army’s Air Forces in 1944. He was assigned to the 487th Bombardment Group of the 8th Air Force and was based in Suffolk, England.

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