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JAN. 10, 1927 -- APRIL 7, 2005

John F. Robinson Sr., a retired Buffalo Schools security chief, died Thursday in Delaware Heights Nursing Home after a lengthy illness. He was 78.

Born in Salisbury, N.C., he received his bachelor of science degree from Livingstone College in 1948 and began teaching in Aiken, S.C. He later spent a year teaching high school physics and chemistry in Cape May, N.J. as part of an exchange program.

After serving in the Army, Mr. Robinson earned a master's degree in education from North Carolina A&T University.

He came to Buffalo in 1965 to teach science at Clinton Junior High School, and in 1972 switched to administration as assistant principal of Riverside High School.

He moved to Bennett High as assistant principal before becoming principal of Southside Junior High. He was principal of Genesee Humboldt Junior High and Fosdick-Masten and Emerson high schools before being named head of security for the Buffalo Public School System in 1982. He held the position until his retirement in 1990.

Mr. Robinson was a member of Phi Beta Sigma fraternity.

Surviving are his wife, Janet O. Goodson-Robinson; a daughter, Sonja F. of Atlanta; a son, John Jr. of Buffalo; a sister, Lauresa of Salisbury, N.C.; and two grandchildren.

A service will be held at noon Thursday in Calvary Baptist Church, 1184 Genesee St. Burial will be in Raleigh, N.C.