Retired Army Col. James H. Robinson, 76, a veteran of World War II and the Korean conflict and a former official at Howard University, died of an aneurysm Monday at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
At his retirement from military service in 1958, he was a member of the Army Discharge Review Board here.
Col. Robinson then became administrative assistant to the dean of engineering and architecture at Howard. Later he was administrative assistant to the university's vice president for academic affairs before a second retirement in 1972.
He was born in Washington. After graduating from Armstrong High School, he earned a degree in electrical engineering from Howard University in 1925, when he was commissioned in the Army Reserves.
Col. Robinson taught high school in Pinehurst, N.C., and was a professor of chemistry and physics at Delaware State College in Dover, Del., before World War II. He also earned a master's degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania.
He was called to active duty with the Army in 1941. Assigned to the 366th infantry regiment, he served in Italy with this unit as a battalion commander.
After the war, Col. Robinson started a Reserve Officer Training Corps unit at South Carolina State College in Orangeburg. He later was chief of operations of the 1st Army in New York.
He served in Korea during the conflict there as chief of civil affairs on the 8th Army staff and commanded the Korean Service Corps.
Col. Robinson's decorations included the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.
He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, the American Society for Engineering Education and the United Service Organization board.
He is survived by his wife, Wilhelmina T., of the home in Washington; two sons, James H. Jr., of Reston, and Army Brig. Gen. Hugh G., of Washington; a daughter, Leonora R. Fay of Vienna, Va.; three sisters, Iola R. Escoffery of Coltons Point, Md., and Victoria R. Dickerson and Lillian R. Pugh, both of Washington, and seven grandchildren.