Larry M. Robbins, formerly of Philadelphia, died on Sunday in Pittsfield, Mass. after a long illness, which he fought with grace and determination. He was 74.
Robbins, an English professor at the University of Pennsylvania for 41 years, moved to the Berkshires with his wife, Wendy, five years ago. He had started the Communications program for the Wharton School, and his book, The Business of Writing and Speaking (McGraw Hill, 1985) was reprinted numerous times. Robbins also created one of the first Teacher Development Programs in the country, training PhD candidates and professors in every college and department of the University to become more effective classroom teachers. He retired in 2007.
In addition to his academic duties, Mr. Robbins served on the boards of Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, Main Line Reform Temple Beth Elohim, Wynnewood, Pa. and taught seminars for the Jewish Federation of Philadelphia. He was an active member of Hevreh of Southern Berkshire.
Robbins is survived by his wife, a librarian and lifelong educator, and his daughter, Elizabeth, a reporter for the New York Times.