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Karl Frederic Robinson


Karl Frederic Robinson, American educator.


Robinson, Karl Frederic was born on March 4, 1904 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Carl Eldred and Emma (Germer) Robinson.


Bachelor of Science, University Illinois, 1925. Master of Arts, University of Michigan, 1935. Student of University Wisconsin, summer 1935.

Doctor of Philosophy., Northwestern University, 1940.


Teacher English and speech high schools in Charleston and Maywood, Illinois, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek and Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1925-1935. Instructor speech, director forensics Albion College, 1935-1938. Public speaking and director varsity debate National High School Institute, School Speech Northwestern University, 1938-1941, director, since 1944.

Assistant professor speech education Northwestern University, 1944-1947, associate professor, department chairman, 1947-1950, professor, department chairman, 1950-1965. Professor speech and drama, coordinator graduate studies in speech California State College, Hayward, since 1965. Assistant professor speech, department chairman U. High School, State University Iowa, 1941-1944.

Civilian instructor communic, meteorology program United States Army Air Force, 1943-1944, United States Navy V-12 program, 1945. Co-ordinator Functional Speech, United States Navy Orientation Course, since 1948.


  • Author: Teaching Speech in Secondary Schools, 1951, review 1954. Practical Speech for Modern Business, 1963. Teaching Speech: Methods and Materials, 1963.

    (with Charlotte Lee) Speech is Action, 1964. Speech in Action, 1965. Assistant editor Quarterly Journal Speech, 1944-1947.

    Assistant editor, Speech Teacher, 1952-1958, editor 1958-1961.


Member Speech Association American (vice president 1945, executive council 1945, chairman secondary school committee, 1941-1945, chairman visual aids committee since 1952, administrative council, since 1957), Central States, Illinois (president 1945) speech associations, National Education Association, American Ednl. Theater Association Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Sigma Delta Sigma, Scabbard and Blade. Methdoist.


Married Frances Knight, December 31, 1927. Children: Karl Willard, Frances Annual.

Carl Eldred Robinson

Emma (Germer) Robinson

Frances Knight

Karl Willard Robinson

Frances Ann Robinson