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Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street, Grand Blanc, MI

OBITUARY

Marvin Joseph Roberson

September 22, 1935January 13, 2020

Joe Roberson passed away January 13, 2020 at the age of 84. Joe was born in Flint, Michigan, on September 22, 1935, to William and Hazel Roberson. He attended Flint Northern High School and became a notable local athlete, but most often tended to describe himself as a significantly less notable student. He had an outstanding career in both baseball and basketball at Northern. He signed as a left-handed pitcher with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1953. After an arm injury ended his professional baseball career, Joe returned to college, eventually earning a Ph.D. He spent the majority of his career on the Flint campus of the University of Michigan, where he held a variety of administrative positions, ending his tenure as acting chancellor. He then moved to the University’s Ann Arbor campus, where he served as Associate Vice President for Development before being named Athletic Director. A hallmark of his career at both campuses was his steadfast focus on supporting the growth and success in all students, as well as emphasizing the “student” aspect of “student athlete.” Though not a particularly religious man, Joe believed that for those who are given much in this life, much is expected. Throughout his life, he remained grateful to those who extended a helping hand to him in his youth, repaying that debt by helping young people whenever possible. Joe is survived by his brother Jerry Roberson (Jan) and brother-in-law Al Wood; daughter Kimberly (Carroll Baker) and son Marvin; step children Kim Black, Gordon Black, and Lee Black (Kelly); and nine grandchildren (Madeline, Molly, Jane, Lindsay, Kate, Robbie, Connor, Fiona and Emma). He was preceded in death by his parents William and Hazel Roberson, brother Robert Roberson, and sister Barbara Wood. He also was preceded in death by his beloved wives Barbara Roberson Perry and Carolyn Conklin Black Roberson. Funeral Services will be 11:00 A. M. Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Hill Funeral Home, 11723 S. Saginaw St., Grand Blanc, MI. Visitation will be Friday from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M. and Saturday from 10:00 to 11:00 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial tributes to the Joe Roberson Scholarship Fund at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Services

17 January

Memorial Visitation

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street
Grand Blanc, Michigan

18 January

Memorial Visitation Before Service

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street
Grand Blanc, Michigan

18 January

Memorial Service

11:00 am

Hill Funeral Home

11723 South Saginaw Street
Grand Blanc, Michigan

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Chuck Dafoe

January 15, 2020

I worked at U-M Flint in Plant Operations, while "Joe", as he preferred to be called, was Vice Chancellor, there. He always had time to say "Hi", and asked how things were going. He never looked down on you, and always treated you as an equal. To those who knew him well, he had a mischievous & fun side. Once he asked your name, and would always remember it.

HAMP Morris

January 15, 2020

Thanks Coach for all you did help me on my journey....may you Rest In Peace forever....my condolences to the family🙏🏿🙏🏿

Rob Nicks

January 14, 2020

I made Joe’s acquaintance at our Country Club in Venice, FL and immediately liked him. Joe was affable, friendly, and shared some great stories in the clubhouse. He was one of the good ones and will be sorely missed.

With deepest sympathy to the family.

Rob & Terri Nicks

Ward Chapman

January 14, 2020

It was my privilege to have known Joe since we were schoolmates at Northern High. He was a great person, a great athlete and a great educational administrator. We chatted briefly a few days after he had been appointed Athletic Director at Michigan. He told me that on his first day in the AD office he looked out the window at the sprawling M athletic complex and said to himself, "Joe, don't mess it up." That struck me then, and still does, as reflecting the kind of solid grounding that is an excellent start for one taking on new challenges.

Maria (Micki Siller) Hope

January 14, 2020

“Dr. God” is what we called him when he was Dean of Students at UM-Flint back in the 70’s. I was a work study student in his office. Incredible man, support and leader. Such fond memories. My sympathies.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY