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Estelle Robinson

Estelle Richmond Robinson, 94, of West Orange died Feb. 6, 2015. Born and raised in Trenton, she raised her family there. She was also a longtime resident of West Tisbury, Mass., spending summers at Martha’s Vineyard from 1961 until 2013. 

A Professor Emeritus at Rutgers University, she founded the Center for Community Education in the Cooperative Extension division, which later moved to the School of Social Work. The center continues today as the Institute for Families. Her life work centered on connecting community providers (networking) and promoting cross-discipline collaboration for best practice in service delivery. She founded the Network on Adolescent Pregnancy and the Network for Family Life Education for that purpose, as well as other collaborative programs.

She graduated from Trenton Central High School in 1937 and from Cornell University. 

She served the Trenton community through her participation on numerous civic groups, including the Trenton Board of Education.

Predeceased by her husband, Irving W., she is survived by three daughters, Amy Robinson, Joy (Ned) Robinson-Lynch, and Eve Robinson (Thomas Fraioli); four grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Arrangements were handled by Orland’s Ewing Memorial Chapel, Ewing. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center, Montclair Community Pre-K, or Southern Poverty Law Center.

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