Irvine Robin­son


The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - — Emily Langer

Irvine Robin­son, 93, who owned and op­er­ated I&R Jewel­ers in Sil­ver Spring for 15 years, died Jan. 4 at the Shanti Homes as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­ity in Lau­rel.

He had Alzheimer’s disease, said his daugh­ter Heidi Shalev.

Mr. Robin­son opened his busi­ness with his wife in 1981 and closed the store when he re­tired in 1996. In 1988, the Mid-Amer­ica Jewel­ers As­so­ci­a­tion named him jew­eler of the year.

Irvine Robin­son was born in Sharon, Pa. He served in the Army as an X-ray tech­ni­cian and French in­ter­preter dur­ing World War II. He re­ceived a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from the Univer­sity of Michi­gan in 1948.

Mr. Robin­son set­tled in Sil­ver Spring in 1951 and be­gan his ca­reer there as a man­ager at Fred­land Jewel­ers, where he worked un­til open­ing his store.

He per­formed in lo­cal the­ater in the Washington area in the 1950s. In his re­tire­ment, he at­tended classes at Mont­gomery County’s Hol­i­day Park Se­nior Cen­ter and men­tored lo­cal ele­men­tary stu­dents.

He be­longed to the Washington He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion and Tem­ple Si­nai in the District and Tem­ple Shalom in Chevy Chase.

Sur­vivors in­clude his wife of 50 years, Rachel Co­hen Robin­son of Sil­ver Spring; three daugh­ters, Orli Ja­cobs and Stephanie Jonas, both of Ra’anana, Is­rael, and Heidi Shalev of Austin; and 11 grand­chil­dren.

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