Luther H. RobinsonDecember 28, 2017
Luther H. Robinson, 84, a resident of Oswego passed away on December 28 at the Morningstar Care Center.
Born in Dansville, he was the son of the late Luther and Grace (Wixson) Robinson and was a graduate of the Wolcott High School. He received a degree in Agronomy from Cornell University and his Master's in Soil Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon.
He was employed with the USDA in Maryland for five years, then he moved back to New York to work for Birdseye in Albion and Fulton and later worked for the Soil Conservation Service (now Natural Resources Conservation Service), doing soil mapping in St. Lawrence and Jefferson counties. After moving to Norwood, NY (near Watertown) he became acquainted with the local Amish community there and scouted out farmland for them in Wayne and Seneca County, to which several families moved. He continued to be involved with this group's activities, including "frolics" (barn or house raising) and travels out of state for many years.
He maintained a lifelong interest in Native American culture, and was a longtime volunteer at Sterling Nature Center, where he planted several of his beloved blight resistant American Chestnut trees. He and Patty also volunteered at Acadia National Park in Maine for many summers, working on trail maintenance and enjoying the nearby Atlantic shore.
Surviving are his two sons, Mark (Helen Hudson) Robinson of Pensacola and Eric (Norma Reynolds) Robinson of San Diego and eight grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his daughter Holly Grazioplene, and his wife, Patricia O'Neil.
There are no calling hours or funeral services.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sterling Nature Center.
Arrangements are in care of the Dowdle Funeral Home.