E. Allen Robinson, a wealth management consultant and a co-founder of Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection, died Saturday from cancer at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson. The Pikesville resident was 77.
Emanuel Allen Robinson was the son of Irving Robinson and Louise Milhouser Robinson, founders of Robinson's department store in Glen Burnie. He was born in Baltimore and raised in Pikesville.
Mr. Robinson — who family members said never used his first name — was known as Allen. He was a 1958 graduate of Forest Park High School and obtained a bachelor's degree in 1962 from the Johns Hopkins University.
After college, he joined the family's retail and real estate business, and worked there until 1983, when he took a position as a financial consultant at Merrill Lynch.
From there, he went to work as a financial consultant and manager of Legg Mason's Pikesville branch in 1989. He also provided training for financial adviser trainees, and was known for his segment on building client relationships.
After Legg Mason's Private Client Group went to Smith Barney, Mr. Robinson and his team followed. They later joined Wachovia Securities, now Wells Fargo Advisors. They remained there until earlier this year when they went to work for Janney Montgomery Scott LLC in the Philadelphia firm's Baltimore office.
Mr. Robinson had not retired at his death.
He married the former Elizabeth "Betsy" Rogers in 1972. Tapping the experience he gained from working in his parents' business, he assisted his wife in establishing Betsy Robinson's Bridal Collection in Pikesville in the 1970s.
While living in Annapolis he was a founder of the Summit School for dyslexic children, and served as its board chairman for eight years. He remained active with the school.
He was also a member of the board of the Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, and was involved with fundraising for Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
He was a former member of the board of the Alzheimer's Association of Maryland and the Red Cross.
A world traveler, he enjoyed spending winters in Del Ray Beach, Fla., and also liked watching Orioles games and "Family Feud" on television, family members said.
He was a member of the Suburban Club and Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.
Funeral services were held Wednesday at Sol Levinson & Bros. in Pikesville.
In addition to his wife of 45 years, Mr. Robinson is survived by his two daughters, Joy Singer of Reisterstown and Alison Robinson of Aberdeen; and three grandchildren.
—Frederick N. Rasmussen