Rachel Robinson

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Rachel Robinson
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Robinson in 2005
Born Rachel Annetta Isum
(1922-07-19) July 19, 1922 (age 93)
Los Angeles, California,
United States
Occupation Nurse
Spouse(s) Jackie Robinson (m. 1946–1972; his death)
Children Jackie Robinson Jr. (1946–1971),
Sharon Robinson,
David Robinson
Rachel Robinson (third from left) on March 2, 2005, accepting the Congressional Gold Medal for her husband from President George W. Bush.

Rachel Robinson (born Rachel Annetta Isum; July 19, 1922) is a former nurse and the widow of baseball player Jackie Robinson. She was born in Los Angeles, and attended the University of California, Los Angeles. There, she met Jackie in 1941, and they married in 1946, the year before Robinson broke into the big leagues. Their son, Jackie Robinson, Jr., was born in November 1946. The Robinsons would later have a daughter, Sharon, and another son, David.

After Jackie Robinson's retirement from baseball following the 1956 season, Rachel Robinson pursued her nursing career, eventually becoming an Assistant Professor at Yale School of Nursing and later, the Director of Nursing at the Connecticut Mental Health Center.[1]

In 1973, after Jackie died, Rachel founded the Jackie Robinson Foundation. In 2009, she received the UCLA Medal from Chancellor Gene Block for her lifetime achievements. The UCLA Medal is the university’s highest honor and was created to "honor those individuals who have made extraordinary and distinguished contributions to their professions, to higher education, to our society, and to the people of UCLA."

In 2007, she was awarded the Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award by Commissioner Bud Selig.[2]

She currently resides on a 60-acre (240,000 m2) farm in Salem, Connecticut.[3]

Robinson was portrayed by Ruby Dee in the 1950 film The Jackie Robinson Story and by Nicole Beharie in the 2013 film 42.

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  1. ^ Lee, Cynthia (May 5, 2009). "Rachel Robinson to receive UCLA's highest honor". UCLA Today. 
  2. ^ Barry M. Bloom (April 15, 2007). "Commissioner honors Rachel Robinson". MLB. Retrieved April 15, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Rachel Robinson Encounters a Slur". The New York Times. May 15, 1997. 

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