Blue and Gold - Fall 2021 | Winter 2022 Volume 2 - Issue 2 - Page 83

He was the first African- American to serve in a decision-making capacity for any Southern governor since Reconstruction .
He served five presidents .
President Nixon appointed him to a national committee on mental disabilities , an assignment that took him more than 50 countries .
President Ford appointed him as the Director for the Peace Corps in Kenya and the Seychelles Islands , a position he maintained in the Carter administration .
Robertson became Deputy Assistant Secretary of State under President Reagan .
“ He spent a lifetime giving a voice to those who could not speak for themselves : minorities , the poor , women , and the handicapped .”
- Fellow alum Becky Crabtree ( 1975 ) from an article published about Robertson in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph .
President George H . W . Bush appointed him to the Take Pride in America Committee and also co-chair of the Federal Task Force on Disabilities .
In an article about Robertson published in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph , fellow alum Becky Crabtree ( Class of 1975 ) said , “ He spent a lifetime giving a voice to those who could not speak for themselves : minorities , the poor , women , and the handicapped .” Following his retirement from public service ,
Robertson began teaching in Tampa , FL . For many summers he brought groups of students from Sligh Middle School to visit Bluefield State and encourage them to pursue a college education .
With the news of his passing , President Robin Capehart commented , “ At that event he was saluted for his career in education and public service through which he would pass along to others the gifts of wisdom and inspiration he had received .
In 2019 , Robertson returned to campus to address the graduating class at its commencement .
A few months later he came again , this time greeted by a capacity audience who applauded him and the renaming of the William B . Robertson Library .
With the news of his passing , President Robin Capehart commented , “ At that event he was saluted for his career in education and public service through which he would pass along to others the gifts of wisdom and inspiration he had received .
“ Among the many endeavors in service to others were two that gave him special joy . As a young man , he led a statewide program through which the Virginia Jaycees raised enough money to establish a camp for people who are developmentally disabled . Camp Virginia Jaycee would serve more than 42,000 individuals with special needs over the decades .
“ The Bluefield State family has lost a true gentleman .”
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