A life in medicine

In Memoriam: Mary Jo Robinson, DO

Dr. Robinson was a leader in the osteopathic pathology community and in medical education in Texas.

Mary Jo Robinson, DO, 65, of Azle, Texas, died on March 23, 2020. Dr. Robinson was an associate professor in the department of medical education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNTHSC-TCOM). Dr. Robinson was also a past president of the American Osteopathic College of Pathologists and past chair of the American Osteopathic Board of Pathology.

Dr. Robinson’s family, which plans to hold a memorial at a later date in Tacoma, Washington, provided the following information about her life.

Dr. Robinson was born in Spokane, Washington, to Jerry Lee Robinson and Ann Brodie Robinson on May 26, 1954. Her grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. Ray Robinson of Pasco, Washington, and Mr. and Mrs. John Brodie of Colfax, Washington.

Born into a military family, Dr. Robinson lived in many places around the world, including Okinawa, Germany, Aberdeen, Maryland, and Fort Lewis, Washington.

She graduated from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Iowa.

Dr. Robinson worked as an associate professor of pathology at several universities, including UNTHSC-TCOM.

Dr. Robinson was a loving, generous daughter, sister, aunt, and niece to her family and a devoted friend to all who knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.

Survivors include her brothers Michael Robinson, of Portland, Oregon, Bruce Robinson, of Tacoma, Washington, Carl Foster, of Lakewood, Washington, and sister, Frances Delmas, of Azle. She is also survived by Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Earls of Azle and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Brodie of St. Paul, Minnesota, and many nieces and nephews.

Donations may be made to a charity of choice, the Alzheimers Association or the Lewy Body Dementia Association.


  1. Mary Jo was such a good friend, classmate at DMU, fellow intern at Des Moines General. She was such an inspiration to me with her skills in spite of her hearing loss. I was saddened to hear of her passing. May she rest in peace.

  2. Mary Jo was an active participant in “note pool” during our years of lecture at DMU. Her notes were concise accurate and second to none. I will always be indebted to her for organizing the large amount of information we were taught. My best wishes to her family.

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