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May 28, 2004

Longtime Smith Professor Recognized for Teaching and Scholarship

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Donald Robinson, Charles N. Clark Professor of Government and American Studies, was recently awarded Smith College's Honored Professor Award, bestowed annually to a Smith faculty member for long and distinguished service to the college.

Robinson, who joined the Smith College faculty in 1966, was presented the award by President Carol T. Christ at the college's May 16 commencement ceremony. Upon presenting him with the award, Christ noted several highlights from Robinson's career, including his founding of the Smith Internship Program in Washington; his collaboration on Project '87, an interdisciplinary study of the U.S. Constitution; and his broad international scholarly work, including his study of the development of the Japanese constitution which resulted in his co-authorship of the award-winning book "Partners for Democracy: Crafting the New Japanese State Under MacArthur."

"Over the past 38 years, Don Robinson has distinguished himself as a teacher and a scholar. He is a cherished mentor among faculty, an inspiration to his students, loyal to the college. ... He has made an indelible imprint at Smith and on all who are fortunate enough to come into contact with him."

Robinson, who will be retiring from Smith at the end of June, is currently working on a book about town-meeting democracy in New England. He writes from experience, having served for nine years as an elected member of the three-person select board for the town of Ashfield, Mass.


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