Tributes: Janie Anderson Robinson was successful high school coach in Maryland

by Scott Munn Published: October 24, 2012
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A tribute to people with Oklahoma ties who enjoyed the game day experience:

*Janie Anderson Robinson spent 40 years teaching and coaching in Aberdeen, Md. The Shawnee native graduated from St. Benedict's High School in 1964, and then worked as a volleyball and basketball referee while earning a physical education degree at East Central University in Ada. She and college roommate Margaret Millholen traveled east in search of work, and Anderson Robinson was hired as a coach at Aberdeen High School.

She guided the Eagles' softball program to a 300-182 record with two state championships, three county titles and five regional championships in 25 years. Anderson Robinson spent 31 total years at Aberdeen High, including a tenure as girls basketball coach, volleyball coach and athletic director. In the classroom, her pupils included four Ripken kids — Ellen, Fred, Billy and Cal Jr., the latter who would become a Hall of Fame infielder and baseball ironman while playing for the Baltimore Orioles.

After Anderson Robinson was inducted into the Harford County Public Schools' Educator Hall of Fame, she returned to Oklahoma for good in 2008. She died Oct. 15 at age 66.

*Jim Gentry was a well-educated man who earned chemical engineering degrees at Oklahoma State (bachelor's), the University of Birmingham in England (master's) and Texas (Ph.D). He spent 33 years as a chemical engineering professor at the University of Maryland. The 1957 Hobart High School graduate often returned to Oklahoma to join hometown friends for the annual Super Bowl of Sports Trivia in Norman. Team Hobart won the championship five times and finished runner-up twice with Gentry as its star pupil. He remained a faithful fan of the OSU Cowboys, though he attended OU athletic events after he retired to Norman. Gentry continued to keep abreast of Hobart Bearcats sports teams until his death at age 72.


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