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Subject: ROBINSON; Anne Durrum-9/6/2005-USA/TX
Date: Tue, 19 Jul 2005 00:55:37 +0100
AUSTIN,TX -Thursday, June 09, 2005 -
Anne Durrum Robinson, 1913-2005
Intuition coach, writer and creative Austinite was working week before she
Anne Durrum Robinson was in a hurry the past two months. She finished her
last writings. She recorded seven CDs of stories and advice. She even asked
a friend to bring her husband of five years to lunch so she finally could
It was as if Robinson knew her time was short. She must have had a hunch.
Robinson died Tuesday 7 June 2005 after suffering two heart attacks in the
past week. She was 92 but ageless in her enthusiasm for life and zest for
teaching others how to read their subconscious. She had taught a creativity
class just hours before the first heart attack.
Robinson was an intuition guru with a worldwide reputation and the
disposition of a fairy godmother.
For 30 years, she taught creative thinking classes in Austin and at
international conferences. More recently, she turned her home near the
University of Texas into a sort of brain salon, open to anyone interested in
learning how to boost the mind's ability to recognize and use unconscious
She called it the "Hunch Bunch at Lunch" and she presided over it from her
wheelchair while wearing her trademark colorful muumuus and outfits with
matching jewelry. Her giggles and gentle wisdom put everyone at ease, and
participants adored her.
"She really believed in the power of intuition, people's hunches, and
trusting that. And that we've gotten away from that over the centuries as
human beings, and that the more complicated the world is, the faster the
pace, and the more information there is, the more the need is to really
return to that trust," said Phil Coleman, a computer systems trainer at the
Texas Workforce Commission and a Hunch Bunch regular.
Robinson was ahead of her time, in some ways. Current American culture is
recognizing the importance of intuition - note Malcolm Gladwell's No. 1 New
York Times best-seller, "Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking" -
but Robinson had pushed the power of intuition for decades.
Mary Howerton, director of instructional technology at St. Edward's
University and another Hunch-Buncher, said it was a gift to be in Robinson's
"What she always said was, 'We're born with intuition and creativity, and
then we kind of get it hammered out of us.' "
Robinson graduated with a journalism degree from what is now Texas Woman's
University and earned a master's degree in journalism from the University of
Texas. In college, she interviewed Bonnie Parker before Parker and her
outlaw lover, Clyde Barrow, were killed in a police ambush. She also
interviewed Frances Perkins, secretary of labor under Franklin Roosevelt and
the country's first female Cabinet secretary. Robinson never forgot Perkins'
making a point by poking her in the chest with such force that she fell
Early in her career she worked as an editor for Lady Bird Johnson's Austin
radio station, KTBC. Other jobs included secretary, office manager, copy
writer, magazine editor, broadcaster, account executive for advertising
agencies, university teacher, building manager, and national and
international speaker. She also wrote and performed on radio, TV, film and
A celebration of Robinson's life will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in the
Mabee Ballroom of the Ragsdale Center at St. Edward's University, 3001 S.
Congress Ave in Austin, TX. Visitation with family will begin at 2 p.m.
Robinson is survived by her husband of 60 years, Harold; daughter and
son-in-law Lear and Scott Weaver of Columbia Falls, Mont.; five
grandchildren; two great grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.
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