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Celia Robson

January 14, 2013

Celia Robson, 91, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2013 in Starkville.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan.13, 2013 at the First Presbyterian Church in Starkville.

Celia Robson was among the first certified physical therapists in Mississippi. She held the 26th license issued by the state, and was the first therapist to practice in Starkville and in Oktibbeha County. In 1987, Celia Robson received the Outstanding Mississippi Woman Award at Mississippi State University. 

Celia Catherine Craig Robson was born Sept.30, 1921, to Samuel and Fannie Craig in Lawrenceville, Ga. She was the eldest of three siblings. Her brother, Mac, and sister, Marie, are both deceased.

She graduated from Georgia State College for Women in 1941 with a double major in physical education and biology, and a double minor in health education and English. She then taught biology and coached basketball, baseball and football for five years. She received a scholarship from the National Polio Foundation to study physical therapy at Duke University, and completed her degree in 1947. Her first job upon graduation was to work for the National Polio Foundation. She worked for Dr. Jack C. Hughston, M.D., founder of the Hughston clinic and one of the pioneers of sports medicine.

From 1948 to 1955, Celia was office manager, x-ray technician, and head of physical therapy, at the Hughston Orthopedic Clinic in Columbus, Ga. She met her future husband, George L. Robson Jr., a West Point graduate and career officer, at the Army base at Fort Benning, Ga. They were married on June 6, 1952.

Upon retirement from the Army in 1963, Dr. Robson was hired to teach ROTC at MSU, so Celia went to work as a physical therapist at the MSU Student Health Center. During her long and illustrious career, Celia also worked as a consultant for Rolling Fills Nursing Home, Regional Mental Health Services, Oktibbeha County Hospital and the State Board of Health for Choctaw, Oktibbha and Webster counties. Celia also taught Red Cross swimming lessons to thousands of children who have fond memories of her.

When Celia retired from MSU in 1988, the University dedicated the Celia C. Robson Physical Therapy Suite at the Longest Student Health Center in her honor. She then opened her own Physical Therapy Services Center where she continued to work until 2006, finally retiring at the age of 86. 

She is survived by her husband, George; daughter, Aimee Morris (Joe); and her granddaughter, Ilana Morris.

Celia was predeceased by her parents and her siblings, and her loving grandson, Samuel Razi Morris.

Memorials may be made to Osborn Presbyterian Church, c/o 40 San Marcos Drive, Starkville, MS 39759, or Palmer Home for Children, 422 Highway 12, Starkville, MS 39759.

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