Today’s obituary: Regina Robbins graduated from SU; one of the state’s first female soldiers; later became a veterinarian

Regina Marie Robbins, 71, a graduate of Syracuse University who died of cancer this summer, was one of the first female soldiers in New York State Police.

A celebration of her life will take place later this month.

Robbins, originally from Binghamton, received her degree in political science from Syracuse University, where she graduated with honors.

When the New York State Police opened the academy to women in 1973, Robbins applied and was admitted. She graduated in 1974, first in her class, her obituary says.

Regina Robbins (right) was one of the first women to become a New York State soldier. They are pictured here with NYS Police Superintendent William Kirwan during graduation in 1974. Courtesy NYS State Police

She spent 11 years with the soldiers, reaching the rank of sergeant. Robbins received a commendation for his work securing the Athletes’ Olympic Village during the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, his obituary said.

Robbins retired from the Soldiers after being wounded in service and enrolled at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. She received her doctorate in veterinary medicine and eventually began to practice successfully in the Syracuse area.

Robbins and her partner moved to Stockholm, Sweden, where she founded a veterinary supplies import business. She divided her time between Sweden and Provincetown, Massachusetts.

She was diagnosed with cancer in 2016, but her obituary says it didn’t stop her from pursuing her passions. whether it’s renovating a new home or renewing your certification as a scuba diver between chemotherapy treatments.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on November 21, United Church of Christ Norwell, 460 Main St., Norwell, Massachusetts.

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