After Jackie Robinson"s retirement from baseball following the 1956 season, Rachel Robinson pursued her nursing career, eventually becoming an Assistant Professor at Yale School of Nursing and later, the Director of Nursing at the Connecticut Mental Health Center. In 1973, after Jackie died, Rachel founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation. The University of California, Los Angeles Medal is the university’s highest honor and was created to "honor those individuals who have made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to their professions, to higher education, to our society, and to the people of University of California, Los Los Angeles"
She currently resides on a 60-acre (240,000 m2) farm in Salem, Connecticut.
Robinson was portrayed by Ruby Dee in the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story and by Nicole Beharie in the 2013 film 42.