Chandler (“Chan”) Robbins III, of Sarasota, FL, died June 14, 2021 at home in Sarasota, FL, of prostate cancer. He was born in Cincinnati on July 10, 1937, to Chandler Robbins, Jr., and Anne (Oberg) Robbins. He graduated from Sarasota High School in 1955, and from Duke University in 1964 with a B.A. in Germanic Languages and Literature and was a member of Delta Sigma Phi fraternity.
He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army from 1959-1963, and derived great joy in learning Serbo-Croatian at the Defense Language School from the Defense Language School, where he graduated in 1961.
Chan spent his career at the Library of Congress as a Senior Descriptive Cataloger in the German language. He and his wife, Marie Baumann, lived in Arlington, Virginia since the 1960's. They relocated to Sarasota, FL in 2015.
Chan’s first love was distance running. He estimated that he ran more than 1,000 races and logged 80,000 miles in his years of running. In his 70s, he was ranked #1 in the 75+ age group in the mid-Atlantic region. One of his proudest accomplishments was running a 2:31:49 marathon at age 41. He served for many years as the Cherry Blossom Ten-Mile Race Seeded Runner Coordinator, and in several positions in the DC Roadrunners Club. He was a member of the National Capital Track Club ("GNATS") from its inception in 1976.
He was an excellent tennis player all his life, enjoyed playing duplicate bridge and pursuing his lifelong passion for philately. His vast stamp collection ranged widely over the world. He was also an expert cruciverbalist, and no crossword puzzle seemed to stymie him.
Chan’s mother, father, and sister Frances Busby predeceased him. He is survived by his wife Marie, brother-in law Roger Baumann (Connie) of Plymouth, MN; brother-in-law Stuart Baumann (Linda Kelley), nephew Matthew Baumann, and niece Elise Baumann, all of Minneapolis, MN; and brother-in-law Stanley Baumann of Omaha, NE; as well as several cousins.
He will be remembered by his family and friends as a warm, friendly person who could talk to anybody about anything, without judgment. He will be missed by many, but leaves us with his wonderful spirit.
No services are currently planned.