Irvine Robinson
jeweler

Irvine Robinson, 93, who owned and operated I&R Jewelers in Silver Spring for 15 years, died Jan. 4 at the Shanti Homes assisted living facility in Laurel.

He had Alzheimer’s disease, said his daughter Heidi Shalev.

Mr. Robinson opened his business with his wife in 1981 and closed the store when he retired in 1996. In 1988, the Mid-America Jewelers Association named him jeweler of the year.

Irvine Robinson was born in Sharon, Pa. He served in the Army as an X-ray technician and French interpreter during World War II. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan in 1948.

Mr. Robinson settled in Silver Spring in 1951 and began his career there as a manager at Fredland Jewelers, where he worked until opening his store.

He performed in local theater in the Washington area in the 1950s. In his retirement, he attended classes at Montgomery County’s Holiday Park Senior Center and mentored local elementary students.

He belonged to the Washington Hebrew Congregation and Temple Sinai in the District and Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase.

Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rachel Cohen Robinson of Silver Spring; three daughters, Orli Jacobs and Stephanie Jonas, both of Ra’anana, Israel, and Heidi Shalev of Austin; and 11 grandchildren.

— Emily Langer