Dr. George “Robbie” and Mrs. Lynore Robinson
During their distinguished lives, Robbie and Lynore Robinson's names were synonymous with the arts in the Plano community and throughout Collin County. Plano ISD is honored to have them as the namesakes of our new fine arts center.
Their legacy of giving back continues for future generations through their generous $500,000 founding donation to the Robbie and Lynore Robinson Fine Arts Center (RFAC), helping to ensure our Plano students, staff, families and the community have access to a state of the art facility for showcasing all facets of the fine arts.
Dr. George “Robbie” Robinson
Dr. Robinson valued country and education. Captain George "Robbie'' Robinson spent a 20-year career serving our nation in the U.S. Navy. After graduating from the NROTC program at Princeton University, Robinson received a four-year Marshall Scholarship from the United Kingdom where he obtained a Ph.D. in civil engineering.
He also received the Navy Commendation Medal with Combat V for his leadership in Vietnam. Robinson went on to have a distinguished career as a corporate executive, manager, planner, and engineer. He maintained an active presence in the community by participating in a wide range of civic, professional, and religious organizations. Among his many achievements in the community are leadership positions within the American Cancer Society, Plano Economic Development Foundation, Plano Junior League, Plano Symphony Orchestra, and University of Texas at Dallas. For his extraordinary leadership, he was honored in 2000 as the Plano Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year.
Later in life, Robbie focused his efforts on cultivating, growing, and endowing the arts. He served as Chairman of the Collin County Cultural Arts District Committee, Board Member of Plano Arts & Cultural Endowment, Inc., as well as the President of the Arts of Collin County Commission.
Lynore Ward Robinson was admired as a kind, gracious lady. She was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. She started her business life as the executive assistant to the owner of the largest department store in Johannesburg. Finally, she decided, as many South Africans do, to tour Europe. While visiting London she met Mr. Robinson on a blind date. In 1964 they were married in Johannesburg. As a couple, Robbie and Lynore lived in numerous places, including Washington, D.C., California, and Hawaii. While in Washington, they adopted their infant daughter, Anthea. The family moved to Plano in 1981 to develop Legacy Business Park.
Lynore showed her deep character, love, and inner strength when Anthea developed cancer in 1984 and passed away in 1986 at the age of 14. Lynore was active in Anthea's school, the Navy Relief Society, American Cancer Society, Weekend to Wipe Out Cancer, her church and CITY House.