By the Family
May 10, 2017: L. Ashley Robinson (Lou) passed away in Littleton Regional Hospital in New Hampshire on May 1, 2017, of complications from pneumonia.
He was born in Bronxville on August 28, 1928, to Leland Rex and Helen Ball Robinson. He graduated from Bronxville High School and Occidental College in Los Angeles. He attended Columbia Law School, where he was selected to be a member of the Columbia Law Review. Lou started his career at the law firm White & Case in New York City and then became a partner in the firm of Burlingham, Underwood and Lord, which specialized in maritime law, also in New York City.
Lou lived the first 67 years of his life in Bronxville, where he served on the Bronxville Board of Trustees and as a governor of the Bronxville Field Club. After his retirement, he moved with his wife to Jefferson, New Hampshire, and wintered in the San Francisco area.
He was an avid sports fan of baseball, football, tennis, and golf. He also was an excellent tennis, platform tennis, and squash player. He met his wife, Yvonne, when they were partners in a platform tennis tournament in Scarsdale. He loved playing bridge and also loved music, especially his beloved Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, other classical music, and Broadway show tunes.
Lou was a wonderful host and loved having old-time New York friends visit, and he enjoyed all his new New Hampshire friends, whom he entertained in his home with Yvonne.
He was first married to Nancy Brooks Robinson, who passed away unexpectedly in 1971. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne, and his children, Gary and his wife, Deborah Hoffert Robinson, of Bangor, Maine, and his daughter, Susan Robinson, and her husband, George Leibowitz, from Shelburne, Vermont. He is also survived by his four grandsons, Isaac and Noah Robinson and Eathan and Ahron Leibowitz, and two step-daughters, Carolyn Crimley and Susan Crimley Gough, both from Mill Valley, California, as well as his sister, Sally Harris, of Sonoma, California. Per his wishes, there will be a memorial gathering held at a later date.