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Brig. Gen. Paul L. Roberson USAF Retired

Brig. Gen. Paul L. Roberson USAF Retired
  • September 8, 1939 - September 25, 2003
  • San Antonio, Texas

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“Thank you for having something about my great uncle ”
1 of 46 | Posted by: Matthew Roberson

“Ed and I had worked for General Roberson in DC the first time during AFMIG, Chanute when Ed was General Moore's aid, and in San Antonio thru the...Read More »
2 of 46 | Posted by: Ed and Susan Patrick - Honolulu, HI

“Paul is one of those very special people who suffer too much and who have left us too quickly. I know about that from a very personal standpoint. ...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: Richard E. Conaway - Annandale, VA

“Mary, my heart aches for you. I enjoyed working with the General when Mr. Cheever and he worked together on BRAC. He was a true gentleman. God...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Rhonda Smith - Boerne, TX

“On rare occassions an individual comes into your life and has such an impact that you know he was put there for you. Paul Roberson was one you could...Read More »
5 of 46 | Posted by: Bob & Judy Bomer - San Antonio, TX

“Dear Roberson Family, I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I very much enjoyed getting to know the General over the last year. The bravery...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: James Splichal - San Antonio, TX

“On behalf of my wife Lucinda, we offer our condolences to the Roberson family. I also had the opportunity to attend Leslie's Lt Col Promotion...Read More »
7 of 46 | Posted by: Lt Col Michael and Lucinda Lakos - VA

“My deepest condolences to Paul Roberson's family, friends, and colleagues. I worked as a consultant for the GKDA for three years and witnessed Paul...Read More »
8 of 46 | Posted by: Elisa Gonzales - san antonio, TX

“Sir, it was an honor to have served with you. Mary and family, Nancy and I wish you our heartfelt condolences and will remember you all in our...Read More »
9 of 46 | Posted by: Charles A. Cotter Jr. Col, USAF Ret - MA

“It is so difficult to find the words to express my sorrow but also my appreciation for having such a wonderful person enter my life. Paul set the...Read More »
10 of 46 | Posted by: Courtney Shea Yantis - Austin, TX

“Mary, Paul was such an amazing spirit. Jose and I are better for having known him. We know that he is now in Heaven, giving his support to new...Read More »
11 of 46 | Posted by: Cehlia Newman-Menendez/Jose Menendez - TX

“Mary: We are saddened to learn of your husbands passing. We have many fond memories of you all as a family at Chanute AFB. Many years later, Don...Read More »
12 of 46 | Posted by: Don & Jeannette Haygood - TX

“Dear Mary, Jeanne, David, Leslie and your families: Dennis and I were saddened to learn of Paul's passing. His accomplishments with Kelly and...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: Dennis and Sharon Rossing - TX

“Paul has left a void in our hearts that cannot be filled. ”
14 of 46 | Posted by: Bob Sanchez - San Antonio, TX

“Dear Mary and family, You are very much in our thoughts and prayers at this time. We know that the loss of Paul - husband, father, and grandfather ...Read More »
15 of 46 | Posted by: Bob and Mary Ann Kent - TX

“Extraordinary Leader -- enjoyed working the challenges together at Chanute. Our deepest sympathy. ”
16 of 46 | Posted by: Harold and Pamela Stamler - TX

“Dear Mary & Family: I had the opportunity to work with Paul on the BRAC process and the followup activities of the GKDC. I was the lead writer for...Read More »
17 of 46 | Posted by: Jim Hutton - San Antonio, TX

“Dear Family, I had the pleasure of working with General Roberson when he was the head of the GKDA. His energy and excitement for the task at hand...Read More »
18 of 46 | Posted by: Abigail Power - San Antonio, TX

“Gen. Roberson, while at GKDC now GKDA, did more for the City of San Antonio than the average citizen will ever know. As chief of Manpower and...Read More »
19 of 46 | Posted by: Lt Col Joseph A. Marsilio, USAF, Ret. - TX

“Paul will always be known as a true gentleman that gave so much to his country and San Antonio community. Our deepest sympathy in your loss. Mary,...Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: John and Gogi Dickson - TX

“To one heck of a boss and extremely super human being. You've meant a lot to us and the entire San Antonio community. You'll be truly missed. ”
21 of 46 | Posted by: Scott & Cinda McCabe - TX

“Mary -- we will be in touch. Jay and Ann ”
22 of 46 | Posted by: Jay and Ann Vineyard - TX

“We will always cherish the experience of working under Paul?s extraordinary leadership in creating the KellyUSA name and image. We extend our...Read More »
23 of 46 | Posted by: Gisela Girard and Al Aguilar - TX

“Dear Mary and Family: I have been out of town and just heard of Paul's passing. Many of us knew Paul through one of his favorite sports-sailing....Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Les Robertson - TX

“I met Paul at the Personnel Center in 1974 and was immediately impressed with his dedication to the Air Force and his decent manner in dealing with...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: Bob Gaylor - San Antonio, TX

“Dear Mrs. Roberson, Prayers and special thoughts for you and your family. Paul was a brilliant man; I had the honor of meeting him - I am with the...Read More »
26 of 46 | Posted by: Brenda Scherrer - San Antonio, TX

“It is truly rare for an individual to have such a positive impact on the world around them. Brig Gen Paul L. Roberson was truly exceptional. ”
27 of 46 | Posted by: Don and Kathy Barnes - VA

“Met Paul at LCYC and found him to be a real gentleman. He seemed to enjoy sailing very much.Regret he was taken from us at such an early age. Feel he...Read More »
28 of 46 | Posted by: Dr. B.G. - Canyon Lake 78133, TX

“For the last 6 years I have had the distict privalege of working with Paul in his capacity as Director of GKDA, and as an Advisory Board member of...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Bill Hudnell - San Antonio, TX

“I was privileged to work with Paul in my capacity as Deputy Director of the BRAC Implementation Directorate at Kelly AFB. Not only was he a tireless...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: David Walsworth - San Antonio, TX

“Lois and I send our deepest sympathies to Mary and family. We will sorely miss seeing and talking to Paul but know he has gone to a better place. We...Read More »
31 of 46 | Posted by: Mark and Lois Frye - Garden Ridge, TX

“Dear Mrs. Roberson and family, we wish to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of your dear husband and father. You are in our prayers and...Read More »
32 of 46 | Posted by: Norma and Arthur Rodriguez - TX

“I was associated with Paul during the last few years involving his sailing activities. He took to sailing naturally. His care and attention to his...Read More »
33 of 46 | Posted by: Dick Edwards - Canyon Lake, TX

“Met Paul at LCYC and found him to be a real gentleman. He seemed to enjoy sailing very much.Regret he was taken from us at such an early age. Feel he...Read More »
34 of 46 | Posted by: Dr. B.G. - canyon lake tx 78133, TX

“I worked with Paul during the time he was with the Programmed Instruction Unit. He was very helpful and provided much need psychological services to...Read More »
35 of 46 | Posted by: Robert Talley - Ingram, TX

“We send our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Mary and all the family - we will miss Paul and the city will miss his leadership and contributions. It...Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Arthur & Nancy Troilo - TX

“We are saddened by your loss, but so very grateful that we shared good times and built fond memories with Paul. God bless you. ”
37 of 46 | Posted by: Peach & Bill Buchholtz - TX

“The family is in my heart and prayers. I met Gen Roberson at Leslie's Lt Col Promotion Ceremony. A lovely man, very proud of his daughter. Upon...Read More »
38 of 46 | Posted by: Col Jan Middleton - Alexandria, VA

“I had the distinct pleasure of working with Paul for almost 5 years on Kelly projects as a member of the City's Economic Development Department. I...Read More »
39 of 46 | Posted by: Ed Davis - Unversal City, TX

“With Deepest Sympathy to the whole family. Sincerely, Tom and Jo Ann ”
40 of 46 | Posted by: Lt. Gen and Mrs. Thomas J. Hickey, USAF, Ret'd - TX

“I first met you about three years ago racing sailboats at the lake. You were a great competitor and a good friend. ”
41 of 46 | Posted by: Ed Johnson - San Antonio, TX

“Paul was one of the exceptional who excelled in everything he did. Most important he did for the benefit of others. He left us better because as or...Read More »
42 of 46 | Posted by: Gary Clark - Lakeland, FL

“You will be missed at L. C. Y. C. Paul. ”
43 of 46 | Posted by: Herbert K. Eastwood M. D. - TX

“BGen Paul L. Roberson was an outstanding officer, commander, gentleman, and community leader. I have known and served with him since 1969. We...Read More »
44 of 46 | Posted by: Colonel William G. Mckinsey, USAF RET - WV

“Mary, Paul will always be with me. His legacy of caring and commitment will live on--in those of us who learned from him, in his dealings with life's...Read More »
45 of 46 | Posted by: John P. Howe, III, M.D. - DC

“San Antonio is a better city, more San Antonians have good jobs, the quality of life in our city is higher, and the future for us and our children is...Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: Bill Thornton - San Antonio, TX


Loving husband and adored father, Brig. Gen. Paul L. Roberson, USAF, Retired, age 64, of San Antonio, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, September 25, 2003. General Roberson was born in 1939, in Oakland, Calif., and graduated from high school in Mountain View, Calif., in 1957. He earned a bachelor of science degree in psychology from St. Mary's College, Calif. in 1961 and a master's degree in management from The George Washington University in 1978.

His first assignment was to Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, as a training staff officer. During this tour of duty, he directed efforts to develop self-paced technical training materials for various training courses at Sheppard AFB. In 1963 General Roberson was assigned to the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Training Development, Headquarters Air Training Command, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas, where he oversaw development of programmed instruction materials throughout Air Training Command

The general was assigned to the newly formed Office of Economic Opportunity in Washington, D.C., and participated in the opening and management of Job Corps training centers throughout the United States from 1964 to 1967. After his assignment to the Job Corps, he served a tour in Vietnam as a training adviser to the Vietnamese Air Force. In 1969 he returned to the United States and was assigned to the Air Force Manpower and Personnel Center at Randolph Air Force Base.

While assigned to the center, General Roberson worked as a resource manager in officer assignments and as a planner in the Officer Assignment Policy Division. In 1975 General Roberson returned to Air Force Headquarters in the Directorate of Personnel Plans. He was a member of a special study group created by the chief of staff to improve people management and the quality of life. He also served in the Directorate of Human Resources Development and was active in developing new programs in leadership and management training and social actions.

From 1981 to 1983 the general served as base commander at Chanute Air Force Base, Ill. He then transferred to Randolph Air Force Base as deputy chief of staff for personnel where he was promoted to Brigadier General. In 1986 he became commander of the Goodfellow Technical Training Center, Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas. In 1987 he became Vice Commander, Electronic Security Command, now known as the Air Intelligence Agency, with headquarters at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas. His military decorations and awards include the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. After a 28-year career, he retired from the Air Force in June 1990.

From 1990 to 1994, he served as vice president, human resources and marketing, for Security Services Federal Credit Union in San Antonio. General Roberson served as the executive director of Greater Kelly Development Corporation GKDC, later the Greater Kelly Development Authority GKDA from 1996 to 2002. Prior to his selection as executive director of the GKDC, he coordinated and staffed the activities of the Initial Base Adjustment Strategy Committee IBASC, a 167 member citizens committee that developed the Strategic Plan for the Redevelopment of Kelly AFB. As the former project director of the Mayor's BRAC Base Closure and Realignment Commission, '95 Task Force, he was responsible for all military activities of The Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce. In July 2003, General Roberson was honored at a formal building dedication at Kelly USA.

"Paul Roberson has been a major contributor to Kelly USA's success, and this dedication is just a small token of our appreciation," said Arthur Emerson, chairman of the GKDA Board. "Roberson's tireless commitment to the redevelopment of Kelly USA and the San Antonio community as a whole is truly commendable." Roberson played an instrumental part in creating a vision for Kelly USA as a world-class industrial park following the closure of Kelly Air Force Base. Part of the vision included the construction of a new office building at 145 Duncan Drive.

The building is known as The Paul L. Roberson Building. He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Roberson; daughters, Jeanne and her husband, CEC SCW Christopher Levesque, USN of Wichita Falls and Lt Col Leslie Roberson, USAF and her husband Col Dale Jones, USAF Ret. of Washington D.C.; son, David Roberson of San Antonio; grandsons, Christopher and Bradley Levesque of Wichita Falls; mother, Mary F. Roberson; brother, Norman Roberson; and sister, Theresa Kain, all of Orinda, CA.