Representative Kenneth Albert Robinson View All Years
KENNETH A. ROBINSON
MR. SPEAKER: Your committee, appointed to prepare a suitable resolution commemorating the life, character, and public service of the late Honorable Kenneth A. Robinson begs to submit the following Memorial:
Kenneth A Robinson was born September 29, 1914, near Panora, the son of Albert M. and Ola (Maynard) Robinson. During his junior year of high school he was stricken with polio. He graduated in 1934 from Panora High School and from Drake University in Des Moines with a degree in economics in 1938. While at Drake, he was managing editor of the Times Delphic where he wrote primarily sports articles and also wrote for the Des Moines Register and Tribune.
In 1940 he became owner and publisher of the Bayard News and Bagley Gazette. On October 6, 1946, he married Mary Louise Moulton in Stuart. He received many state and national awards and honors. He was a recipient of the Iowa Master Editor Publisher Award and was nationally recognized with the Amos Award given to the person considered to have done the most for the newspaper industry and his own community.
Mr. Robinson served as mayor of Bayard for 24 years. He served as president of the Iowa League of Municipalities, was active in the Democratic Party, serving as county chair, district committeeman, and delegate at-large to three national conventions. He served on the Iowa Civil Right Commission and the board of Friends of Public Television. He was the first recipient of the Easter Seals of America award to honor the disable person in America who had provided outstanding service to his government and community.
Mr. Robison was a 48 year Lions Club member and organized the Bayard Senior Citizens Housing Corporation that built several low income complexes and a community center, and was involved in the establishment of the nursing home.
A Democrat, Mr. Robinson was a member of the 61st General Assembly.
Kenneth A Robinson passed away on April 30, 2004, at the age of 89.
Now therefore, Be It Resolved By The House Of Representatives Of The Eighty-First General Assembly Of Iowa, That in the passing of the Honorable Kenneth A. Robinson, the State has lost an honored citizen and a faithful and useful public servant, and the House by this Resolution would express its appreciation of his service.
Be It Further Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution be spread upon the Journal of the House, and that the Chief Clerk be directed to forward an enrolled copy to the family of the deceased.