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Ron and Mary Robins Award established

A new endowment has been established at the Lamar University Foundation for the College of Engineering. The Ron and Mary Robins Award for Academic Excellence in Chemical Engineering will be awarded annually to the senior-level chemical engineering student who has maintained the highest overall grade point average.

“Ron Robins received an award as the ranking senior chemical engineering student at Lamar in 1966, so he and his wife decided to give back to the university,” said Victor Zaloom, dean of the College of Engineering. “This scholarship will benefit the chemical engineering department by providing an incentive for students to achieve excellence.”

Raised in Port Arthur, the Robins were high school classmates who enrolled at Lamar and married immediately after graduation in 1966. The Robins elected to endow this scholarship in appreciation of the high-quality, low-cost educations they were privileged to receive at Lamar.

Ron Robins graduated from Lamar with a chemical engineering degree while Mary Robins obtained an elementary education degree. After graduation, they moved to Houston where Ron studied law, receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors in 1969.  Mary taught school and later became a school librarian. Ron joined the international law firm of Vinson & Elkins in Houston capitalizing on his chemical engineering degree by specializing in intellectual property law, international technology licensing and technical litigation.

Today, Ron and Mary devote their time to family, personal interests and extensive international travel, having traveled to more than 80 countries - so far.

For more information about establishing an endowed scholarship, contact the Lamar University Foundation at (409) 880-2117.