Josh Ellis Robinson Jr., a retired Baltimore public school assistant principal and Korean War veteran, died of cancer Friday at Ruxton Health and Rehabilitation Center in Pikesville. He was 80 and had lived in Randallstown for more than 30 years.
Mr. Robinson, who was known as Ellis, was born and raised in Newport News, Va. He was a 1944 graduate of Huntington High School and earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Hampton Institute in 1948.
He also earned a master's degree in student personnel and counseling from Columbia University and took additional graduate courses at the Johns Hopkins University, Syracuse University and Loyola College.
He began his career in 1948 at North Street High School in Hagerstown, where he taught science and coached basketball.
From 1950 to 1952, he served with an Army artillery unit in Korea, where he attained the rank of lieutenant.
Mr. Robinson taught biology, science and mathematics in Baltimore County public schools for eight years before joining city schools as a counselor and administrator in 1961.
He was on the faculty of Carrollton and Harlem Park junior high schools and City College, and was assistant principal of Pimlico Junior High School at the time of his retirement in 1982.
Mr. Robinson was an avid bridge player and enjoyed going to dinner and movies on Friday evenings, family members said. He also was a Ravens and San Francisco 49ers fan.
His wife of 37 years, the former Irone Fanneal Stanmore, died in 1987.
Mr. Robinson had been an active member for 40 years of Union Memorial United Methodist Church, where he served on the administrative board and finance committee.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at the church, 2500 Harlem Ave.
Surviving are two daughters, Lynn E. Richardson of Windsor Mill and Tia K. Davis of Laurel; a brother, Dr. Floyd Robinson of Elizabeth City, N.C.; four grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Viola McPherson of Baltimore.