Frank Robins III, the former publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat, died on Saturday at the age of 80. You can read his obituary on the Web site of the newspaper he once owned here. The newspaper’s article on Robins appears here.
Robins was my wife Laura’s uncle. I didn’t get to spend much time with him in the years since she and I married, but it was great to talk to him during our brief moments together. I remember us talking about newspapers and journalism and how so much has changed about the business.
But a few things about journalism that should always endure are what Robins’ colleagues say he exemplified: accuracy, high standards, innovation and a desire to serve the reader first.
From Joe Mosby, who worked for Robins as a reporter at the Log Cabin.
“Where Frank stood out was making and keeping the Log Cabin a people’s paper. It moved and breathed and reflected what was going on in Conway and Faulkner County. It wasn’t perfect; no publication is. But the Log Cabin under Frank for all his years as publisher was dependable, reliable and respected.”
Farewell, Frank. You’ll be missed.