Bessie Holmes Robbins and George B. Robbins Scholarship Endowment
The following biography was written at the time of this scholarship establishment; some information may not be up to date:
Mrs. Bessie Robbins was a teacher for Alamance County Schools for 43 years. She was described as a “master classroom teacher.” She began teaching in Reidsville in 1922 for $100 per month. When she came to Alamance, her salary was $105 a month for eight months. During the Great Depression, her pay was cut to $90. Of course, it didn’t cost as much to live then.
When asked about famous or memorable students, she mentioned Bob Scott, lieutenant governor of North Carolina.
Bessie came from a teaching family. Her father was a teacher and Methodist minister. He was at one time president of Yadkin College, located near Lexington in Davidson County. It was the forerunner of High Point College. Four of her brothers were also teachers.
In her retirement, Bessie enjoyed traveling and painting. She also was active in her church, Swepsonville Methodist Church, where she served as an official of many groups and taught an adult women’s class in the church school.
George B. Robbins was a long-time member of the Alamance County Schools administrative staff. He retired after 38 years of service. He was principal of Alexander Wilson School from 1927-60. He then served as director of instruction for Alamance County Schools until his retirement. Robbins was a UNC Chapel Hill’s honor graduate in 1921. He also received his master’s degree from UNC. He pursued studies through the years at Columbia University, George Peabody College, Duke University, and the University of Colorado.
Bessie and George Robbins have both passed away.