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Alberta H. Robinson

Obituary for Alberta H. Robinson

May 3, 1926 - August 9, 2015
Indiana | Age 89


Alberta Hardiman Robinson, 89, passed into eternal life on Sunday, August 9, 2015. Born on May 3, 1926, she was a lifelong educator, community leader, and charter member of the Fort Wayne chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She loved her role as the matriarch of her family.
Before her career as a teacher she served as 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army and was discharged with honors from the 995th Medical Unit. She served in the military for three years during the Korean War. She trained at Cooke County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, as a registered nurse. Following service, she went on to earn her degree in education at the University of Evansville.
Alberta received a Bachelor of Science in Education – University of Evansville (1958), Associate of Science – Ball State University (1959), Masters of Associate – University of Heidelberg (1960), Masters of Arts in Education – Saint Francis College (1964), Associates of Community Living – Wayne State University (1968), and Master of Science in Education – Saint Francis College (1977).
In 1958 she moved to Frankfort, Germany. During her residence there she taught and was the director of the community center on the Frankfort army base until 1963. Upon her return to the United States, she accepted a teaching position in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Alberta retired from Fort Wayne Community Schools in 1991 but continued her role as an educator with family, friends, and community outreach.
She held numerous political and government positions during the course of her life and career. She served as Precinct Committeewoman in 1973, Zoning Commissioner from 1972 to 1976, Commissioner of the Fort Wayne Park Board Commission from 1974 to 1976, Delegate of the Indiana State and National Convention 1976 and 1978, Member of the Democratic Women's Club, and served on the ISTA National Education Association.
Alberta loved the performing arts. While serving as Commissioner of the park board she would hire "The Free Street Theatre" from Chicago Illinois to perform free of charge throughout the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was also the first woman of color to serve as Commissioner of the Park Board in the City of Fort Wayne.
She loved to cook Sunday dinner and entertain for family and friends. There was always an extra plate on the table "in case the Lord stopped by" and never a stranger at her door.
She was preceded in death by mother Ora Mae (Hardiman) Thompson, father Henry Lloyd Hardiman, brother Lloyd Hardiman (Louise), brother Garwood V. Hardiman, brother Melvin L. Hardiman, and brother Malcolm Hardiman. She is survived by her brother Horace "Uncle Doc" Hardiman and Ruth Hardiman, wife of Garwood; two daughters: Ora C. Robinson-Brend (Husband Arliss Brend) and Linda Robinson; three grandchildren: Alberta E. Robinson, Christopher J. Robinson, and Jessica M. Robinson; great- grandchildren: Unique, Nyree, Christopher, Chelsea, DeAndre, Marquize, Christian, and Reznor; and a host of great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and extended family.
In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to Outreach Hope for Homeless Youth, Inc., P.O. Box 11416 Indianapolis, IN 46201 and/or Humane Society of Indianapolis, 7929 N Michigan Rd, Indianapolis, IN 46268.

Suggested Memorial Donations

  • Humane Society of Indianapolis
    7929 N Michigan Rd.
    Indianapolis, IN 46268
  • Outreach Hope for Homeless Youth, Inc.
    P.O. Box 11416
    Indianapolis, IN 46201

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2706 Kessler Blvd. West
Indianapolis, IN 46228
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