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Jack A. Robinson

Jack A. Robinson, 85, of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, died on 15 September 2015.

The Funeral was held at IRA KAUFMAN CHAPEL on Friday, 18 September 2015 at 10:00 AM .

Rabbi Joseph Krakoff, Rabbi Norman Roman, and Assistant Cantor Leonard Gutman officiated.

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Interment at Clover Hill Park Cemetery.

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The family of Jack A. Robinson will be gathering through the evening of Monday, September 21 at the residence of Dr. Beth and Stephen Swartz, 4344 Southmoor, West Bloomfield MI 48323. The phone number is 248-855-4404.

Religious services will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday and Monday evenings. THE FAMILY WILL RECEIVE FRIENDS AT THE RESIDENCE IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE BURIAL UNTIL 4:00 P.M. FRIDAY, SUNDAY AND MONDAY 2:00-4:00 P.M. AND FROM 6:30-8:30 P.M.

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Family members include:
Beloved husband of Aviva Robinson. Cherished father of Shelby (Michael Balough) Robinson, Dr. Beth (Stephen) Swartz and Abigail (Michael Kone) Robinson. Loving Grandpa Jack of Jared Robinson Ross, Darya Robinson Ross, Nathan Robinson Swartz, Molly Robinson Swartz, Jonah Robinson Kone and Ezra Robinson Kone. Loving brother of Erwin (the late Mildred) Robinson and Frances (the late Bernard "Bob") Maggin. Dear brother-in-law of Dr. Lorraine and Stanleigh Goldberg.

Jack A. Robinson is the founder, past chairman and former chief executive officer of Perry Drug Stores, Inc., now doing business as Rite Aid Corporation. Perry Drug Stores, Inc. was a publicly traded company (NYSE) until 1995, when the company was acquired by Rite Aid Corporation of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. At the time of the acquisition, Perry Drug Stores had annual sales of $750 million dollars. Over Perry's 38-year history, the company's operations in eight different states included drug stores, auto parts stores and health care businesses. Perry, with 225 units, was the largest drug store chain in Michigan at the time of the acquisition.

In early 1996, Mr. Robinson organized the JAR Group, L.L.C., specializing in retail and residential real estate development and management. He served as the chairman and CEO.

Born in Detroit, Mr. Robinson earned his bachelor's degree in pharmacy from Wayne State University in Detroit in 1952. Following two years in the U.S. Army, he founded his first Perry drugstore in 1957.

Mr. Robinson, a former member of YPO (Young Presidents Organization), is past president of the Greater Detroit Interfaith Roundtable, as well as the United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, and is a past vice president of the United Way Community Services of Greater Detroit.

Mr. Robinson was a director of the following nation and Detroit-area organizations: the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Community Foundation of Southeast Michigan, the Federation Apartments, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the Holocaust Memorial Center, the Weizmann Institute of Science, The Food Bank of Oakland County, and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores, of which he is also a past chairman.

He is a past chairman of Wayne State University Fund, former vice president of the Michigan Merchants Council and the American Foundation for Pharmaceutical Education. He is also a past chairman of the Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan. He served on the Board of Directors of Harper Hospital, the Economic Club of Detroit, the Traffic Improvement Association of Wayne County, the Library Foundation of Michigan and the Detroit Initiative Task Force.

Mr. Robinson has served as a corporate director of the following public companies: Bloomfield Savings and Loan Association (NASDAQ), Entertainment Publications (NASDAQ), Highland Superstores (NYSE), Michigan National Bank-North Metro (NYSE), Winkelman Stores (AMEX), R&B, Inc. (NASDAQ) and Riser Foods, Inc. (AMEX).

Most recently, Mr. Robinson served as Chairman: Policy Advisory Committee Southeast Michigan Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

Mr. Robinson has received numerous rewards.

Among them:
2011: Detroit institute of Arts - Lifetime Service Award.
2011: Jewish Senior Life - Eight over Eighty - "Tikkun Olam Award" - Repairing the World.
2007: International Institute Foundation - Heritage Hall of Fame Award.
2003: Michigan Governor - Arts Award - Special Recognition.
2001: Michigan Hall of Fame Award - Real Estate and Retailing (International Council of Shopping Centers)
1999: Outstanding Philanthropist Award (National Society of Fund Raising Executives)
1995 Lifetime Achievement Award (National Association of Chain Drug Stores)
Robert B. Begley Award (National Association of Chain Drug Stores)
Community Service Award (American Arabic and Jewish Friends)
1991: Fred M. Butzel Memorial Award for Distinguished Community Service (Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit)
Great American Traditions Award (B'nai B'rith International)
1990: Brotherhood Award (AME Bethel Church)
1988: Humanitarian Award (Variety Club)
1987: Humanitarian Award (March of Dimes)
Research Institute Award (Weizmann Institute of Science)
1986: Brotherhood Award (Booker T. Washington Business Association)
1985: Corporate Leadership Award (Wayne State University)
Distinguished Alumni Award (Wayne State University)
Distinguished Citizen Award (Clinton Valley Council, Boy Scouts)
Tree of Life Award for Commitment to the Community and the Pharmaceutical Industry (Jewish National Fund)
1983: Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Harvard Business School Club of Detroit)
1982: American Traditions Award (B'nai B'rith Youth Services)
1978: Eleanor Roosevelt Humanities Award (State of Israel)
1975: Distinguished Alumnus Award (Wayne State University College of Pharmacy - Awarded again in 1980)
Mr. Robinson and his wife, Aviva, a professional artist, have three daughters, three sons-in-law and six grandchildren.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Jack A. Robinson may do so by making a contribution to:

Detroit Symphony Orchestra
3711 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201-2444
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Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit
6710 West Maple Road
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
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Camp Tamarack
The Jack and Aviva Robinson Pioneer Village Fund
6735 Telegraph Road Suite 380
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48301
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