The Chesterfield County Office of the Senior Advocate announced the first inductee into its Centenarian Club on Feb. 14 – Millard F. Robinson, 102.
The Chesterfield County Senior Advocate presented Robinson with a birthday card, framed certificate, Chesterfield County insulated tumbler filled with candy and a notebook with letters from County Administrator James J.L. Stegmaier, Gov Bob McDonnell, Rep. Eric Cantor, state Sen. John Watkins, Delegate R. Lee Ware Jr. and Lynn Peters Adler, founder of the National Centenarian Awareness Project, who also sent a certificate.
The youngest of five, Robinson was born on Feb. 14, 1911, near Hagerstown, Pa. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 and served honorably until 1962, when he retired as a chief warrant officer. He was recalled for service for two more years.
From 1950 to 1955, he served at the White House during the Truman and Eisenhower administrations as assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. Robinson also performed research and development of amphibious vehicles and took delight in driving one during its experimental stages from Newport News to Maryland on I-95.
Robinson married Vivian Cardosa, an executive assistant, in 1938. After retiring, they settled in Seal Beach, Ca. Although they never had children, they enjoyed traveling and visiting extended family for weeks at a time. After Vivian’s death in 1998, Robinson remained active and lived on his own. In Sept. 2011, at 100, he moved to Chesterfield County to be closer to his nephew, Douglas Robinson, who manages his affairs. The elder Robinson is still mobile, articulate and personable. He especially enjoys dining out.
When asked the secret to his longevity, Robinson replied, “I don’t know. A lot of my family [members] have lived long lives.”
For more information about the Centenarian Club, or to request an application, email Leidheiserd@chesterfield.gov or call 768-7878.