BIRMINGHAM. Ala - The Southwestern Athletic Conference and HBCU football community mourns the loss of Doris Robinson, the spouse of the late Legendary Coach Eddie G. Robinson, Sr.
Family members report Mrs. Robinson passed away Wednesday morning after a brief illness at Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston.
Mrs. Robinson, 96, was an especially beloved figure within the Grambling State University Athletics Department. She was widely known for her attendance at GSU athletic events and will be fondly remembered as the “Matriarch of Grambling Athletics.”
Doris and Eddie Robinson both graduated as English majors from Leland College in 1941. They married the same year and moved to Grambling when Eddie Robinson became the head football coach at what was then Louisiana Negro Normal and Industrial Institute.
Mrs. Robinson worked as a teacher at Lincoln High School and a counselor at Ruston High School. She was a member of New Rocky Valley Baptist Church in Grambling and The Links, an international, professional service organization for women of color. She was honored in 2014 as a contributor to the Grambling Legends Hall of Fame.