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Erdis Robinson

Erdis Robinson, American arts patron, engineer.


  • Robinson, Erdis was born on January 24, 1872 in Champaign, Illinois, United States. Son of Stillman Williams and Mary Elizabeth (Holden) Robinson.

  • Education

    • C.E., Ohio State University, 1893.


    • Surveyor for Kansas City, Watkins & Gulf Railway, 1894-1897. Div. engineer, later assistant chief engineer, Mexican Central Railway, 1897-1904. With Robinson-Houchin Optical Company (formerly Robinson Optical Company) since 1904, president since 1910.


    • Authority
    • president and trustee Godman Guild Association. Vice president Columbus English Speaking Union. Trustee Children’s Hospital, Sinking Fund Columbus Public Schools.

      Director Columbus Community Fund. Chairman Columbus Found.


    Party affiliation: Republican


    Denomination: Conglist


    Member Columbus Chamber of Commerce. (director), United States Chamber of Commerce. Member Columbus Board of Education, 1926-1932, and 1943.

    President and trustee Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts. Member Columbus Art Commission. Member S.A.R. (president Ohio Society), Ohio Council of Churches (vice president 1926-1931), American Society of Civil Engineers (life), Ohio Society of New York, Society of Colonial Wars (Gentleman of Council).

    Clubs: Torch, Faculty, Rotary, Columbus Athletic, Columbus Country.


    • Married Flora Louise Stalter, August 29, 1905.
    • father: Stillman Williams Robinson
    • mother: Mary Elizabeth (Holden) Robinson
    • spouse: Flora Louise Stalter
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    Born January 24, 1872
    Died October 13, 1953
    (aged 81)