Mr. Thomas M. "Pete" Robinson

b. 10 Sep 1921 - Greenwood, MS
d. 23 Dec 2003 - Norfolk, VA - age 82

Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School
Springfield College, B. S.
College of William and Mary: M. Ed.

Physical Education, Hygiene,
Jr. Varsity Football Coach, 8th and 9th Grade Football Coach, Assistant Baseball Coach, Hi-Y Sponsor, Co-Sponsor of the Junior Class of 1954 ('55), Co-Sponsor
of the Junior Class of 1955 ('56), Co-Sponsor of the Senior Class of 1957 ('57)

Husband of Mrs. Wilma Salmon Robinson

Old Dominion College

"The (Junior) class sponsors, Miss Lillian Seats and Mr. Pete Robinson, discuss with Mary Ann Weaver ('56), Ring Committee Head, the possibility of getting next year's class rings early."   "Head Coach J. C. Range and Backfield Coach 'Pete' Robinson go over last minute strategy with fullback Don Hardy ('58) and halfback Woody Hudson ('57)."
1955 Anchor, p. 32 1955 Anchor, p. 13 1957 Anchor, p. 127
05/17/04 05/17/04 05/17/04
"We, the class of 1956, gratefully dedicate our yearbook
to a man whose interest and warm sense of humor has made
him a friend to us all.  Through his time and effort as co-sponsor of our Junior class last year, our Junior year was a tremendous success.  His willing spirit and friendly attitude are sincerely appreciated, and to the class of '56, Mr. Thomas M. Robinson, you are tops!"
1956 Anchor, p. 5 - "TO US, YOU'RE TOPS"

"At least three of Coach Pete Robinson's seasoned wrestlers failed to return to this year's squad and the Monarch's 'dream team' seamed to vanish in a puff of academic smoke..."

Varsity Golf

"...Led by medalist Bob Truitt, a well-balanced squad provided Coach Pete Robinson with one of the finest teams in his five years as golf coach at Old Dominion...This year's team should take up where last year's ended, and present Pete Robinson with another successful season.  A fair warning is issued to all rivals.  'Beware of Pete's Pack.'"

First row: Ken Fucci (Hwt.), Larry Crist (123), Robert Hogue (130), Carl Ragland (137), Russell Cleveland (145).  Top row: James Lock (Mgr.), Robert Abrams (191), Paul Cote (160), Coach Pete Robinson, Richard Harris (152), Russell Flynn (167).
Old Dominion College
School of Education Faculty

Physical Education

Varsity Golf Team
Front row: Coach Robinson, Kenny Grubbs, Bob Truitt, Jim Lydston. Back row: Terry Emerson, Tom Cotton, Glynn Rodgers.
1966 Troubadour, pp. 290, 294 1966 Troubadour, p. 58 1966 Troubadour, p. 298
05/17/04 05/17/04 05/17/04

Thomas M. “Pete” Robinson

NORFOLK , VIRGINIAThomas M. "Pete" Robinson, 82, of the 1100 block of Cambridge Crescent, died December 23, 2003, in his residence.

Mr. Robinson was a native of Greenwood, Mississippi, the son of the late William Northup and Lillian Shackelford Robinson. He has been a resident of Norfolk since 1957.  He was a graduate of Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School; Springfield College, Springfield; Massachusetts; received a Master of Education Degree from The College of William and Mary; and was a Navy veteran of World War II serving in the Pacific area. He taught at Newport News High School from 1951 to 1957.  He retired in 1988 after 31 years from Old Dominion University as Professor of Health and Physical Education and started the highly successful ODU wrestling program, which he coached from 1957 to 1983.  He was also the ODU golf coach for many years and was inducted into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame as well as the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for his lifetime achievement in coaching.    He was a member of the ODU Town and Gown, former president of the ODU Faculty Emeriti Association and the Freemason Street Baptist Men's Prayer Breakfast, long-time member of the Norfolk Sports Club “Table 14,” lifetime member of the National Health and Physical Education Association, several coaches associations, and received numerous awards for coaching achievement.

Mr. Robinson was a member, Deacon Emeritus, Trustee, and former Sunday School teacher at Larchmont Baptist Church.   He is an honorary alumnus of Old Dominion University and honorary member of the Peninsula Sports Club.   

Mr. Robinson is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Wilma Salmon Robinson, and his daughters Evelyn S. Robinson of Norfolk and Ann Robinson Perez and her husband Alan of Atlanta, Georgia; his son Thomas M. "Bill" Robinson and his wife Carol of Virginia Beach; and his sister Virginia Robinson Navey of Charlotte, North Carolina; four grandchildren, Kathryn and Caroline Robinson, and Spencer and Andrew Perez.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 30, 2003, in Larchmont Baptist Church (1127 Surrey Crescent, Norfolk, 757-440-1574) by the Reverend A. Kenneth Carlton, Jr., and the Reverend John C. Dean. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel (1501 Colonial Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23517 – 757-622-7353), Monday evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Memorial donations may be made to the Palmer Home, Box 746, Columbus, Mississippi 39703-0746; ODU Wrestling; Larchmont Baptist Church; or the charity of the donor’s choice. 

- Courtesy of Thelma Shade Roberts ('57) of VA - 05/14/04
Thanks, Thelma!

After viewing the Alumni Listings and enjoying the photos and remarks on the Wilma S. Robinson page, I could recall vividly the attention
this attractive young teacher received by many of the young men of the Class of 1957 upon her arrival at NNHS. We all had great respect
for Coach Pete "Pistol Pete" Robinson, so you cannot image the excitement created when their wedding plans were announced. All of my
buddies and I agreed that this was a "perfect match", if there was ever one. We were right!

Joe Madagan ('57) of FL - 06/04/04
Indeed you were!  Thanks, Joe!

You Really Got a Hold on Me

(The Beatles)

I don't like you
But I love you
Seems that I'm always thinking of you
Oh, oh, oh
You treat me badly
I love you madly
You've really got a hold on me
You really got a hold on me, baby

I don't want you,
but I need you
Don't want to kiss you
but I need to
Oh, oh, oh
you do me wrong now
my love is strong now
You really got a hold on me
You really got a hold on me, baby

I love you and all I want you to do
is just hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me
Tighter. Tighter.

I want to leave you
don't want to stay here
Don't want to spend
another day here
Oh, oh, oh, I want to split now
I just can't quit now
You really got a hold on me
You really got a hold on me, baby

I love you and all I want you to do
is just hold me, hold me, hold me, hold me

You really got a hold on me
You really got a hold on me

"You Really Got a Hold on Me" lyrics courtesy of,
at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/18/04
Thanks, Dave!

"You Really Got a Hold on Me" midi courtesy of,
also at the suggestion of Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 05/18/04
Thanks again, Dave!

Animated Navy Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03

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