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Gerald Hugh Robinson

July 22, 1927 - November 13, 2020

Gerald Hugh Robinson was born July 22,1927 in Portland, Oregon, and died November 13, 2020 in Portland at age 93. He was the son of Irene (Kaufman) Robinson and Dr. S. C. Robinson. 


Gerald Robinson graduated from Duniway Grade School and Lincoln High School in Portland. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Reed College in 1948, a Master of Arts degree from Columbia University in New York in 1950, and a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia in 1952. He served in the U.S, Army from 1947-1948. 


Mr. Robinson practiced law in Portland from 1952 until his retirement in 1997, handling a variety of business, personal and trial cases. 


Robinson was active in various civil liberty causes. He organized and trained a group of attorneys to represent conscientious objectors to the Vietnam war. He also was the organizer and first chair of the Oregon Chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA). Upon his retirement he was elected an Honorary Life Member of AILA for his accomplishments as a litigator of immigration cases in various federal courts. 


Gerald Robinson was also a well-known photographic artist. He had over 20 one person shows of his work, and taught the history of photography at the Mt. Hood Community College for five years. He organized the course and wrote a 130 page guide for it. 


In addition to books of his photographic works, he wrote “Elusive Truth: Four Photographers at Manzanar; Ansel Adams, Clem Albers, Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake” (about the Japanese-American Relocation Camp located at Manzanar, California) and a book of essays on the history of photography “Photography, History, and Science” both published by Carl Mautz Publications. 


He also wrote a number of articles concerning civil rights and intellectual property. 


Robinson is survived by his wife, Mutsumi I. Robinson, a child and a grandchild. 


At his request, no funeral services will be held, but gifts to one’s favorite charity or to the Oregon Chapter of AILA’s Foundation may be considered.

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