Gordon E. Robbins BS ’53, MPH ’60


Gordon E. Robbins died March 1, 2013 at age 81. Born in Oakland and raised in Berkeley, he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the UC Berkeley School of Public Health. After being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army through the ROTC at the University, he was called to active duty and served in the post-WW II occupation of Austria with the U.S. Forces in Austria.

He began his public health career as a sanitarian with the Oakland City Health Department. A health educator, he joined the staff of the Los Angeles County Health Department, and later became director of health education in Orange County. In 1966, he came to the Center for Disease Control as a regional health education consultant with the West and Central African Smallpox Eradication and Measles Control Program, which encompassed 20 countries. On assignment to the CDC Regional Office in Lagos, Nigeria, he was active in the eradication of smallpox. Returning to Atlanta, he finished his employment at the CDC in the Division of Nutrition as chief, Field Services Branch, and later as a deputy division director. Until his retirement, he was associate director for program operations, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. He received the U.S. Public Health Service Superior Service Award in 1987, the CDC William C. Watson, Jr. Medal of Excellence in 1996, the NCCDPHP Jeffery C. Koplan Award in 2002, and the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award in 2003. In 1999 he was selected for the Federal Senior Executive Service.

He is survived by his wife, two children, and five grandchildren.

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