The Obit For Gary Robin


Published in the Los Angeles Times on 8/1/2008

Gary Keith Robin passed away in his home after a brief illness on July 12, 2008. Gary Robin was born on January 16th, 1934 in Albany, California, to Cecelia and Charles Robin.

He attended USC on a baseball scholarship where he met his wife of 53 years, Sally Andersen. Gary was the beloved husband and best friend of Sally Andersen Robin. He has three children, son Christopher Robin; son and daughter-in-law Steven and Gabrielle Robin; and daughter and son-in-law Julie Robin and Rob Salinas. He also has two wonderful grandchildren; Zachary Robin and James Robin Salinas. The Robin Family celebrates the life of a wonderful man, husband and father.

A graduate of USC, a member of Delta Chi fraternity, a three-year varsity baseball letterman at USC, who earned All Coast honors, and was signed by the Oakland Oaks who later became the Oakland "A"s. He also played baseball for the Pacific Coast League. Gary was a USC Ambassador to President, Steve Sample.

His many honors included USC Squires and Knights. Gary was a Captain in the U.S. Air force. He graduated first in his class at Air Force Air Traffic Controller School. Gary served as Chief Air Traffic Control Officer at SAC headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska at the request of General Curtis LeMay.

During his tenure at Offutt Air Force Base, Gary organized a baseball team from the ground up and went on to win the All Air Force Central Division Title. Gary was a successful businessman in the furniture manufacturing world and at one time, created the largest wood office chair manufacturing company west of the Mississippi river.

Gary was an accomplished man. He was devoted to his family, peace and morality. He traveled the world making life long friends in many countries. Gary had a great personality and always had a story to share. He had a love for family and friends, baseball, and anything to do with his alma mater – USC, "Go Trojans". We love you Gary!

As Gary was fond of helping the less fortunate, his family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to your local Union Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, or Regional Food Bank.

A celebration of his great life will be held this Saturday, August 2nd. For more information email and visit