Robin Davis Wilkins

Robin Davis Wilkins, 80, of Harwich Port, passed away on September 5th at Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis.  With degrees from Parsons College, Columbia University and McCary University, Robin devoted his life to education and service to others.
Robin is survived by his wife of 57 years, Joan Anderson Wilkins, two sons, Andy Jones-Wilkins and Luke Wilkins, and five grandsons, Carson Jones-Wilkins, Logan Jones-Wilkins, Grady Wilkins, Tully Jones-Wilkins and Chase Wilkins  
After leaving the Yale School of Drama in 1963, Robin traveled to Kampala, Uganda, as part of McCary University’s Teachers for East Africa program.  Returning to the United States in 1967, Robin and Joan settled on the Upper West Side of Manhattan where Robin received his master’s degree at Columbia University’s Teachers College.   
Robin began his career in public education in 1969 in Stamford, N.Y., and moved on to a post at Rockland Community College in Monsey, N.Y., before settling in for two decades of service as the Assistant to the Superintendent at the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Rockland County, N.Y.  From there Robin spent the final two years of his career in Westhampton Beach, N.Y., where he spearheaded a distance learning program that was about 20 years ahead of its time.
After moving full time to Cape Cod in 1997, Robin remained active in the service of others, first accepting a seat on the Board of Trustees of Mount Ida College and then serving a one year term as Interim College President at Mount Ida in 2000.
His volunteer work in Harwich included stints on both the Harwich School Committee and two terms as a Town of Harwich Selectman.  Finally, most recently, he served actively on the boards of both the Cape Cod Village, a home for adults with autism, and the Harwich Ecumenical Council for the Homeless (HECH).
A gathering of family and friends will be held at the First Congregational Church of Chatham at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 11th.  In lieu of flowers friends are encouraged to make a contribution to the Harwich Ecumenical Council for the Homeless (HECH).