Donald Robinson served faithfully in Africa and the United States.
Don Robinson, a former undertreasurer of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, passed to his rest on September 6, 2019. He was 79.
“On behalf of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the worldwide church family, we offer our sincere sympathy and Christian condolences to Elaine Robinson and the entire Robinson family,” stated Ted N. C. Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in an email.
“Don was a very diligent, astute, and sincere servant of the Lord. We thank Elaine and Don for their committed service for so many years to this precious worldwide Advent movement. Soon the Lord will return to call Don and others who have died in Him back to life to live with Him forever. Please join me in praying for Elaine Robinson and the Robinson family,” Wilson wrote.
Donald Eugene Robinson was born at the Malamulo Mission Hospital, Makwasa, on May 4, 1940, in what is now the country of Malawi. Donald’s parents, Virgil Eugene and Alta Ruby Robinson, were American missionaries serving in Africa at the time.
The family left in 1945 on furlough to the United States and returned to Africa on March 26, 1947, this time to Kenya. At the age of 7, Donald became the twelfth boarding student at the Nairobi Primary School, where he completed the KEPE—Kenya Preliminary Examinations. One of his subjects was Swahili.
Donald then made the four-day journey by car, DC-3 airplane, and train to Helderberg College, South Africa, where he attended high school.
Donald completed high school and a four-year diploma in business with a minor in education in 1961. He had planned to become a teacher, but the Southern Africa Division headquartered in Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe), called him to serve as an accountant.