Julian K. Robinson of Oak Bluffs, a poet, photographer, politician, and college administrator who was known for his warm smile, died Friday, February 24, at the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital. He was 82.
The husband of Belmira A. “Mimi” Robinson, Julian was widely known on Martha’s Vineyard for his photographs of Island birds, many of which appear on the walls of homes, businesses, and institutions around the Island.
His favorite was the osprey. Once, he proudly told an interviewer, he sat with his camera in the chill air for four hours watching a nest of osprey chicks awkwardly flapping their feathers. Suddenly a gust of wind caught one surprised bird under its wings and lifted it into its first flight. Julian got his picture.
A native of Jersey City, N.J., he attended Dartmouth College on a scholarship. Robert Frost was English teacher in his freshman year.
The Army draft and a stint in Korea interrupted his college education.
Following a brief political career, he was appointed the dean of students at Jersey City State College. He stayed there many years, later becoming vice president of student services.
In retirement on Martha’s Vineyard, Julian became known for his courtly manner, and his photographs of birds, often accompanied by poems, many of which appeared in The Martha’s Vineyard Times.
In an interview published February 7, 2008, Julian told writer CK Wolfson, that the four things necessary to take good pictures were: “Patience, persistence, superior equipment, and luck.”
“I love sitting and waiting for one of these little birds,” he added.
A memorial service will be held at a later date, to be announced. Arrangements are by Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown Road, Oak Bluffs. Find online guestbook and information at ccgfuneralhome.com.