Few people have been connected with the Linfield athletics program longer than Milt Robins. His association with Wildcat sports spans eight decades.
A four-year letterwinner in football, basketball and tennis, Robins graduated in 1939 with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. Though not spectacular in any one sport, Robins was nonetheless a capable athlete whose best pursuit was tennis. He twice played for the conference singles tennis championship under the coaching of soon-to-be college president Harry Dillin. Robins was a member of the 1935 Northwest Conference title football team, the first Linfield gridiron group to win a league championship. He played in the defensive backfield and was primarily a blocking halfback on offense in the days when the ball was snapped directly to the fullback or the halfback. On the basketball floor, he played guard where he was best remembered for his high-octane defense. Robins routinely drew the assignment of guarding the opponent's top offensive player from coach Henry Lever, who also coached Robins in football. Along with teammates Paul Durham, Roy Helser, Ernie Stranz and George Harrington, Robins helped Linfield to a 17-5 win-loss record and a share of the 1935-36 Northwest Conference basketball championship.
After graduation, Robins stayed active in the McMinnville community and the Linfield sports scene. Over 40 years ago, he helped found the Quarterback Club, a group of area sports supporters who gather each Monday morning to talk about the area's sports teams. He began as club secretary and for the last several decades has served as its president. Robins continues to be a fixture at Linfield sports events and has witnessed an estimated 325 football games, including the 1966 NAIA championship game that was played in Augusta, Ga. He continues to be a familiar face at Wildcat home basketball and baseball games. Robins has assisted the Linfield athletic department with fund-raising for many years, selling advertisements for the football program each summer. He was a member of the college's board of trustees for a short period and has been a catalyst in Linfield's annual Partners in Progress fund-raising campaign.
A retired hospital administrator, Robins spent countless hours doing community activities, including being involved as a volunteer firefighter, McMinnville School District board member, Exalted Ruler and Elks Club member, past president and secretary of the Rotary and a member of the board of directors of Michelbook Country Club. Before graduating in 1935, he played football and basketball at McMinnville High School, helping his team to the state tournament during his junior and senior years. He served his high school alma mater for 48 years as a member of the football "chain gang," the group of men who mark the down and distance during each home game. During that time, Robins missed a total of three home games, two because of family commitments and the other so he could travel to Canada to see Linfield play Simon Fraser.
Robins is also a dedicated family man. He and his wife, Ruth, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in April. They have three daughters, Rhonda, Diane and Bon.