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Erdis Robinson

arts patron , engineer.

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.


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.


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.

Stillman Williams Robinson

Mary Elizabeth (Holden) Robinson

Flora Louise Stalter