Alumni Humanitarian Award

The University of Illinois Alumni Association bestows the Alumni Humanitarian Award on alumni of the University of Illinois at Springfield.

2012 Recipient

Ahbee Staab Robinson Self-starter. Hard-working. Organized. Compassionate. Gracious. These are several of the adjectives Jennifer Robinson uses to describe her mother Ahbee Staab Robinson ’74 LAS, MA ’76 EHS, who is the posthumous recipient of the 2012 University of Illinois Alumni Humanitarian Award, an award that recognizes alumni who have made great contributions of leadership and service to improve the lives of others. Robinson – who answered to the nickname “Ahbee” – earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology at UIS (then Sangamon State University), and subsequently returned to campus for a master’s degree in human development counseling. She subsequently completed a practicum in pastoral care at St. John’s Hospital, and it was there she met Sister Anna Marie Schweider, who had a dream of creating a hospice program in Springfield to help terminal patients and their families. In 1980, the St. Johns Hospice program began caring for patients and families.

Previous Recipients

Suzanne Brown MA ’84 paa

Francie Staggs ’81 las, ma ’91 las

Robert Moore
’80 paa, mpa ’85

Barbara Dickerman
’97 PAA

Betty Marcy
’76 CBM

Ethel S. Gingold MA '73 EHS, MA '79 EHS

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