The Georgia State University community mourns the loss today of alumnus J. Mack Robinson, the legendary Atlanta business leader, philanthropist and namesake of the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, who died Friday, Feb. 7 after a long illness.
Robinson’s connections to Georgia State date back to 1941, when he enrolled in classes at the Evening School of Commerce, now Georgia State, before enlisting in the U.S. Army during World War II. Robinson’s career spanned many decades and professional arenas, from car sales to banking and insurance to fashion and horse racing. Known for his entrepreneurial nature and business acumen, Robinson also became known for his philanthropic endeavors.
Robinson’s $10 million endowment to Georgia State in 1998 enabled the business school to rise to new heights, becoming internationally recognized for its top programs and faculty, Fenwick Huss, dean of the business school, said.
“J. Mack Robinson’s legacy can be seen across the business school and beyond,” said Georgia State President Mark Becker. “Georgia State is a better institution for its connection to J. Mack. His dedication to his family and philanthropy should serve as a model to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Robinson family.”
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In addition to Nita, his wife of 54 years, Robinson is survived by his daughters, Robin Robinson Howell of Atlanta, and Jill Robinson Forsey of San Diego, Calif., a brother, Marvin Lewis Robinson of Alpharetta, Ga., and nine grandchildren.