Honoring Dr. Luther K. Robinson upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of the 2013 NOFAS Excellence Award

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION honoring Dr. Luther K. Robinson upon the occasion
of his designation as recipient of the 2013 NOFAS Excellence Award

WHEREAS, It is incumbent upon the people of the State of New York to
recognize and acknowledge those within our midst who have made signif-
icant contributions to the quality of life therein; and
WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its long-
standing traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to honor Dr.
Luther K. Robinson upon the occasion of his designation as recipient of
the 2013 NOFAS Excellence Award; and
WHEREAS, The National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS)
is the leading voice and resource of the Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disor-
ders (FASD) community; founded in 1990, NOFAS is the only international
non-profit organization committed solely to FASD primary prevention,
advocacy and support; and
WHEREAS, Buffalo resident Dr. Luther K. Robinson was chosen for the
NOFAS Excellence Award as a result of his lifelong work in dysmorphology
and recognition of individuals with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders,
particularly among minority groups around the world; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Luther Robinson was raised in Elyria, Ohio, by his moth-
er, Gene Simmons Robinson, and father, Luther Knox Robinson; the oldest
of three children, he earned an AB in Biology from Oberlin College in
1970, his MD from the University of Cincinnati in 1974, and completed
his residency in pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego
in 1981; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Luther Robinson's interest in fetal alcohol syndrome
began while training at the University of San Diego School of Medicine
during a two-year fellowship that changed his career course from private
pediatrician to academic researcher; and
WHEREAS, Interested in human development and morphogenesis, Dr. Luther
Robinson has the largest fetal alcohol syndrome clinic in the state, and
serves, through a grant of the New York State Department of Health fund-
ed by the Centers for Disease Control, as a part of New York's fetal
alcohol syndrome surveillance; he is also professor of pediatrics at the
SUNY Buffalo School of Medicine; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Luther Robinson is one of three lead physicians on
several national and international research projects funded by NIASSA,
and his research has included populations in New York, North and South
Dakota, Montana, North Carolina, Russia, Italy, Finland, and South Afri-
ca; and
WHEREAS, Dr. Luther Robinson has been called upon to contribute his
time and talents to countless civic and charitable endeavors and has
always given of himself unstintingly; and
WHEREAS, He is a chaplain on the pastoral care staff at Children's
Hospital of Buffalo, and is an elder/pastor-elect at Spirit of Truth
Urban Ministry; his professional and civic activities have earned him
numerous accolades, including many teaching awards, and service awards
through the March of Dimes; and
WHEREAS, Throughout the entire period of his community service, a
period of constructive involvement, Dr. Luther Robinson has stood
constant in dignity, good grace and humor; and
WHEREAS, With him throughout have been his wife, Sandra, his three
grown children, L. Knox Robinson III, Loren Robinson, and Bobbie Mitc-
hell Robinson, one stepdaughter, Sarah Gangell, and one grandson, Raul
Robinson, all of whom feel privileged to be a part of his life and
rejoice in his achievements; and

WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of others which Dr. Luther Robinson has displayed
throughout his life; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
honor Dr. Luther K. Robinson upon the occasion of his designation as
recipient of the 2013 NOFAS Excellence Award; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Dr. Luther K. Robinson.


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