William (Bill) Robinson, 76, of Beverly, died Nov. 7.

A memorial service will be held on Dec. 11 at Beverly Unitarian Church.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean, and his children, Nicole and Claire.

Robinson and his wife, Jean, raised their two daughters in Beverly and welcomed an exchange student daughter, Anne, from Germany.

He was a professor of communications and academic administrator at Purdue Calumet (now Purdue Northwest) from 1975 until his retirement in 2015.

Robinson taught the Sorbonne in Paris, France, in the 1970s and loved regular travel to France from his first trip at age 20 throughout his adult life. His last three-week visit was this past summer.

He loved service to others in activities as diverse as being a long-time referee for AYSO and Special Olympics and leading the Rotary Club in Hammond, Ind. He sold Christmas trees and served as auctioneer for many fundraisers at Beverly Unitarian Church. He enjoyed enriching his life and the life of several older friends by facilitating regular outings.

Robinson established a scholarship fund at Purdue Northwest and contributed generously to the Rotary International Foundation and loved the Colorado Railroad Museum in Golden, Colo. Gifts to any of these organizations would honor his memory.