John Vincent “Vince” Robison passed away on November 15, 2016 at the age of 86. He was born in Morrilton, AR, on September 15, 1930. After playing football and baseball at Auburn University and Oklahoma A&M, where he met his wife of 60 years, he began his professional career as a baseball player and major league scout for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Soon he became John Marshall’s head football coach where he was twice honored as Oklahoma Football Coach of the Year in 1962 and 1963. Having an enthusiastic personality, he also holds the dubious honor of receiving the longest penalty in football history…71 yards.
In 1964, Robison became President and CEO of the Associated Motor Carriers, the state’s trade association for the trucking industry, and served in that capacity until 1999. During his tenure, he was actively involved in the American Society of Association Executives which represents all the nation’s associations and became their volunteer Chairman in 1986. For more than a decade, he was also an honored member of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100, an elite group of business leaders focused on national policy recommendations.
After retiring as an association executive, he then helped establish and was the CEO of the Research Institute for Economic Development, a pro-business “scorecard” of state legislators. He was also Chairman of The Robison Group, an International Business and Political Consulting Group before retiring in 2008.
Robison is survived by his wife Marilyn, son and daughter-in-law Mark & Donna Robison with grandchildren Clarissa & Claudia Robison and Kevin & Kelli Wissink, as well as son and daughter-in-law Matt & Joy Robison with grandchildren Jarryd & Amie Robison and Holly & Eric Dotson.
Services will be held at 2:00pm on Friday, November 18 at Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd., Oklahoma City
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Church of the Servant children’s or care ministries.