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Dorothy Roberson, SHSU employee of 41 years, dies after surgery


Published: Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Updated: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 13:10


Courtesy SHSU website.

Dorothy Roberson, second from left, recieved her 40 year service award in 2011. She worked for the university since 1971 shortly after graduating from Huntsville High School. Also pictured are (from left: music professor Henry Howey, philosophy professor Frank Fair, and math professor Max Coleman).

Dorothy Roberson, 59, died from complications after a triple bypass surgery Monday. Faculty and staff called her a staple of the university community. Students that knew her loved her, although most knew her as “that lady that always sent me emails.”

Roberson, assistant to the provost and vice-president for academic affairs for administration, worked at Sam Houston State University for 41 years leaving a campus in mourning. Provost Jaimie Hebert, who worked closely with Roberson, was in shock according to a statement.

“She was a kind lady, always eager and ready to assist with any task; she had a quick wit and a great sense of humor, and she will surely be missed at Sam Houston State University,” Hebert said. “Roberson had been with SHSU for over 30 years, serving several provosts (including former President Bobby Marks, Drs. James Gilmore, R.A. Reiner, David Payne, and, of course, Hebert).”

According to those close to Roberson, she suffered a major heart attack on Sept. 21 and underwent triple bypass surgery on Sept. 24 at Conroe Regional Hospital.

Her son Jake Roberson, 27, said his mom cared greatly about the students at SHSU.

 “Every one of my friends here at Sam Houston State University considered her as a mom while they were away from their own,” Jake Roberson said. “She was always willing to feed them, hem their pants for them the night of a concert, or just listen to their problems. She is amazing!”

C.N. “Kooter” Roberson, Dorothy’s husband and long-serving DJ on KSAM radio, thanked all of the support he has received since his wife’s passing.

“Thank you everyone for the outpouring of support, prayers and condolences,” Kooter Roberson said. “Our sweet Dorothy was called home today shortly after noon when the Heavenly Father opened wide his arms and said ‘Welcome Home you good & faithful servant. I was blessed to have spent her last two hours alone with her.....but still we are in shock.”

He also said Dorothy Roberson was dedicated to the university community and Huntsville.

“She loved her Lord, her family, her church and Sam Houston State University,” Kooter Roberson said. “She leaves a big, empty [hole] in our community and in our lives.”

Dorothy Roberson was a Huntsville native and graduated from Huntsville High School in 1971 before beginning her academic studies at SHSU. From 1971 to 1979, she worked and attended the university to receive her Bachelors of Business Administration. She didn’t complete her degree, but attempted getting her degree again in 1996.

She was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church of Huntsville for many years where she has played the organ and keyboard since she was 12. In addition, she directed the children’s choir and “enjoyed it immensely,” according to her university webpage.

“My mom was the director of our children’s choir at church for [more than] 30 years and every kid that came through that choir meant the world to her!” Jake Roberson said.

She is survived by Kooter Roberson, her husband of 33 years, and son Jake Roberson, both of Huntsville.

Funeral services are currently pending.

Kooter Roberson ended his post with his wife’s favorite quotation.

“100 years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much money was in my bank account, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world may be a better place because I was important in the life of a child.”


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