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In Memoriam: Dr. James Robertson, Jr.

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In Memoriam

James Robertson Jr., 59
, who was a cornerstone to the Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, died after complications from pneumonia on Nov. 21, 2012, in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“It has been a painful and terrible loss to his friends and colleagues at the college and all over the world, but his legacy will live on forever,” said Indra Reddy, Ph.D., professor and founding dean of the TAMHSC Rangel College of Pharmacy, who knew Robertson for more than 18 years. “We all miss James and his warmth, his wisdom and his wonderful company. He began his journey with the college in 2005 and helped entrench a strong foundation for student services for our past, present and future classes at the Rangel College.”

Robertson’s memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, in the Edward N. Jones Auditorium on the campus of Texas A&M University-Kingsville. A reception will follow at the Memorial Student Union Building on the Kingsville campus.

James Robertson Jr.
Born: June 15, 1953, in Ponchatoula, La.

Education: He received his Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a minor in education in 1976 from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, La. He received his Master of Arts in education in 1979 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and his doctorate in health education in 1991 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Ill.

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Robertson, Ph.D., became the college’s first associate dean for student affairs in May 2005. The Rangel College of Pharmacy, on the Texas A&M University-Kingsville campus, was created in 2006 by the Texas Legislature in response to the shortage of pharmacists in the border region.

“James will be remembered for the pride he took in preparing Rangel College of Pharmacy students to be professional,” said Beverly Talluto, Pharm.D., former associate dean for clinical programs. “He worked tirelessly to assure that everything he created, worked on, presented or delivered was done from the heart and would be the very best that he could do. I remember the great sense of accomplishment he had when the first class graduated and subsequently for each class and campus event that he produced.”


“It has been a painful and terrible loss to his friends and colleagues at the college and all over the world, but his legacy will live on forever.”


Robertson was instrumental in the TAMHSC Rangel College of Pharmacy receiving more than $4.1 million in grants and awards.

“These scholarships are significant to our needy and deserving students to successfully complete their education and training, affording them to offset their expenses and to lessen their financial burden,” Reddy said.