James Lanier Robbins—proud Southerner, lifelong fan of the University of Louisville Cardinals, and all-around gentleman—passed away peacefully, with his wife Renate by his side, on Tuesday, October 7, just two days shy of his 86th birthday. James—known as Jim—is survived by his wife, Reni, his two children, Scott and Jennifer, and two grandchildren, Theo and Fiona.
Jim was born on Oct. 9, 1928, in Mississippi and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, where he enjoyed riding horses, drawing cartoons, and spending time with his favorite cousins, Jeri and Pat (both of whom predeceased him). He attended Kentucky Military Institute and earned a BA in Business from the University of Louisville, where he developed his fiery devotion to the Cardinals.
Jim also honorably served in the United States Marine Corps, where he was among the first regiments to fight in Korea. Once he returned, Jim moved to New York City, where he met Reni and earned his MBA at New York University. He enjoyed an illustrious career in international finance and traveled widely—living in Japan, France, Germany, and Switzerland, before settling in Madison, New Jersey, with his wife to raise his two children.
In 1993, Jim and Reni retired to North Carolina, living in Durham and then Apex, where they made many friends and enjoyed the charms of the Triangle area. Jim was always known as a consummate gentleman and instilled the values of honesty and hard work in his children. He is dearly missed by family and friends.
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A funeral service to celebrate Jim’s life will be held at Triangle Presbytarian Church on Saturday, October 11, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association (https://donate.heart.org), the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org), or Triangle Presbytarian Church (www.trianglepc.org) in Jim’s name. Arrangements are entrusted to Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online condolences may be shared at www.hallwynne.com.