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LMU MOURNS THE PASSING OF TRUSTEE EDWIN ROBERTSON



July 30, 2014 - Harrogate, Tennessee, July 30, 2014—Lincoln Memorial University (LMU) mourns the loss of Edwin Robertson, a member of its Board of Trustees, veterinarian, business leader, philanthropist and active humanitarian. Robertson passed away suddenly at his home on Tuesday, July 29, 2014.

Robertson had many callings in his life, but the greatest was his faith and passion for helping people. He was a very active member of Pump Springs Baptist Church where he served as Ministry Development Coordinator. Robertson was part of the leadership team that founded Servolution Health Services, Inc., a 501c3 non-profit corporation which provides primary, dental and mental healthcare for the underserved. At the time of his death, Robertson was the Servolution’s chief executive officer. He was also on the leadership team of the Stand in The Gap Coalition in Claiborne County which seeks to end drug abuse, alcohol abuse and family violence in the tri-state area.

“Edwin Robertson had a special way of making time for everyone. He quietly went about his business and accomplished so much without fanfare or seeking accolades. But the things that were most important to him were his family and his faith,” President B. James Dawson said. “Certainly a light has gone dark in this community. It is our responsibility to see that Edwin’s passion lives on and we continue his good works in our community.”

Robertson, an Auburn trained veterinarian, founded the Harrogate Hospital for Animals which also included clinics in Jonesville, Virginia, and in LaFollette, Tennessee. He pioneered embryo transfers – the process of removing embryos from genetically superior cows and transferring them to recipient animals-, making a name for himself globally. He founded American Senepol Ltd. in the late 1980s and Harrogate Genetics International. He also served as Chairman of the Board of Commercial Bank.

“Today is a sad day in the history of LMU,” said Chairman O.V. Autry “Pete” DeBusk. “Edwin Robertson was a personal friend of mine. I have the utmost respect for the quality of life he lived and the dedication he had for his church and his fellow man.”

Robertson worked closely with LMU administration on a number of projects over the years including the establishment of the Veterinary Technology Program and the College of Veterinary Medicine. He served as a member of the Board of Trustees Properties Committee and the Committee on the J. Frank White Academy.

Robertson attended LMU and graduated from the University of Tennessee prior to earning his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine from Auburn University. He is survived by his wife, Judy Thompson Robertson, and children Adam Robertson (Cindi) and Emily King (John), grandchildren Oliva and Noah Robertson and Riley and Halle King.

Services for Robertson will take place at Pump Springs Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Friday, August 1 beginning at 4 p.m. A memorial service will take place on Saturday, August 2 at 11 a.m.

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at admissions@lmunet.edu.

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