Rod Robinson


February 14, 1948  –  March 11, 2022


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Rod Robinson

We are heartbroken to share that Rod Robinson has peacefully passed away at home in Kirkland, WA from a short battle with Acute Myeloid Leukemia on Friday, March 11, 2022.

Rod was born in Walla Walla, Washington to parents Pauline (Frost) & David Robinson. The family moved to Mercer Island, Washington where Rod grew up & graduated from Mercer Island High School in 1966.  He then went on to be a proud husky & graduated from the University of Washington in 1970.  Rod graduated in 1974 from Northwestern School of Dentistry in Chicago, IL.   He served two years active duty as a Lieutenant in the Navy at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in Jacksonville, North Carolina.

Rod practiced dentistry in Redmond for nearly 40 years.  He was a member of the Richard Tucker Gold Study Club.  He was a beloved professor at UW school of Dentistry in the Restorative Department for over 30 years.  He truly loved teaching.

For over 45 years he was a faithful member at St. John’s Episcopal church in Kirkland.  He loved coaching youth baseball for many years & was active in the Boys & Girls club.  He was a humble servant that didn’t want any recognition.

His passions in life involved travel, gardening, cooking & spending time with his beloved grandchildren.

Rod is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn, his son, Colin (Kate) & grandchildren, Presley & Kellen, his daughter, Mallory Santoy (Gene) & grandchildren, Charlie & Elena, his sisters Pam Riley (Bob) & Cindy Dulcich.  Along with his nieces, nephews, brothers & sister-in-law.  He is proceeded in death by his mother, father and brother-in-law, Thomas Dulcich.

A celebration of life will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church at 105 State Street, Kirkland, WA 98033, on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 11:00am.  All are welcome. Please leave any comments or stories you would like to share about Rod in the comments section.




10 Responses to “Rod Robinson”

  • Ked Westgate says:

    Rod was simply a great guy, an excellent dentist and a good friend. He will be missed by many. I especially have good memories of our trips with the Tucker Study Club. He and Marilyn were the best traveling companions. I feel for your family’s loss. RIP

  • Jon C Parker says:

    Rod was a fraternity brother of mine at UW. A good man and honorable gentleman. Great sense of humor. A terrible loss. RIP Rod. YITB Jon Parker

  • Mary Jensen says:

    I am terribly saddened to hear about Rod’s passing. I had the pleasure to work for Rod for over 30 yrs in his dental clinic after he hired me straight out from dental hygiene school. Rod was not only my boss, but my mentor and friend , I am utterly surprised at his passing as when we spoke just a week or so before he passed, he texted and said ” I am fine!”. This is exactly Rod, always humble and always considerate and never wanted acknowledgment. Besides being a very caring and great dentist, he was always kind and gentle.
    I am so sorry for his lovely family’s loss, I hope knowing that Rod had toughed so many lives and loved by so many can bring them some peace and comfort and he is RIP with no more suffering 🙏

  • Gary Dickson says:

    Spent my first evening with Rod, Mallory, and my daughter Lauren on Dads weekend in the girls freshman year. It became obvious where Mal
    got much of her sense of humor. RIP Rod

  • Carolyn & Bob McConnell says:

    We are sad that Rod is gone. He left the world a better place.

    And we are sorry to not be in town for his celebration of life. Let it be a celebration of a grand life.

    Bob and Carolyn

  • Maureen A Campbell says:

    My sincere condolences to Dr. Robinson’s family. He was our trusted dentist during my family’s growing years and mine until his retirement. We shared a lot during that time, especially the ups and downs of Husky football. I have fond memories of a good man.

  • Vicki Anderson says:

    I am very sad to learn of Dr. Robinson’s passing. I had the honor of working for him for five years. He was a wonderful man—always humble, kind, and thoughtful to his employees. I will always remember and appreciate the fun holiday events he planned for employees and the personal notes he wrote to each of us on our birthdays and Christmas. My thoughts and prayers are with Marilyn, Colin, Mallory, their spouses, and Dr. Robinson’s grandchildren. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Lance Kulman says:

    I knew Rod in High School through sports and other activities. He was always kind-hearted, driven, and full of life. My condolences to all those nearest to him.

  • Jerry & Mary Anne Dinsmore says:

    We moved to Redmond in 1977. Not long after that we had the good fortune of discovering Dr. Robinson and knew we had a wonderful, caring dentist after our first visit. He cared for us and all 4 of our kids. We continued to go to him even after we moved to Kent. When he decided that he was going to retire in the not too distant future we were pleasantly surprised when he brought Dr. Andy Traxler into the practice. Andy went to school with our middle son and I coached him in Little League baseball for 3 years. He was always down to earth and a truly fantastic person. He will be missed. Prayers to all his family.

  • Rudi Schmidt says:

    Best dentist I ever had.
    Hired two of the best people I have ever known: Mary and Andy.
    Added value to my life and to my family.
    RIP Dr. Rod.

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