Roscoe Robinson Jr. Memorial Inaugural Lecture and Room Dedication
On Friday, March 27, 2009, GSPIA hosted an event to commemorate one of its most distinguished alumni, the late General Roscoe Robinson Jr. (MPIA ’64), the first African-American U.S. Army four star general.
In a standing-room only crowd, students, faculty, friends and family of General Robinson gathered to honor General Robinson’s legacy by naming a room after him and launching a lecture series in his honor. At 1:30 p.m. GSPIA Dean John Keeler officially welcomed all in attendance to the event and named Wesley W. Posvar Hall, room 3800 – the Robinson Room. The classroom features photos, plaques, and other memorabilia highlighting Roscoe Robinson's accomplishments.
Major General Edward Atkeson, a personal friend and classmate of Robinson's, delivered the inaugural Lecture on Public Service and Diversity. Mildred Robinson, widow of General Roscoe Robinson, added to the ceremony by telling a personal story about her husband's dedication and passion for his service to his country.
Major General Atkeson is a senior fellow at the Institute of Land Warfare, Association of the U.S. Army and is a contributing editor to ARMY magazine. He is the author of four books, including The Final Art of Kings: Reflections on the Art of War and A Tale of Three Wars, a historical novel about the Vietnam conflict. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the United States Military Academy, an MBA at Syracuse University, and a PhD in military art and science from the University of Luton, England.