The state senator is remembered for his work in 1963 in sponsoring the legislation that established the system of State Area Vocational Technical Schools for post secondary education. The system is now the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology. The original campus of TCAT-Elizabethton was named in Robinson’s honor,
TCAT-Elizabethton President Dean Blevins said Robinson was a visionary, recognizing the need for career and technical skills training. Robinson died in 1971.
Robinson was also an employee of the Johnson City Press, serving as the chief of the Elizabethton Bureau.
The action to name the building in honor of Robinson was taken by the Tennessee Board of Regents during its quarterly meeting Friday at Walters State Community College’s Niswonger Campus in Greeneville.