SFU Celebrates Legacy of Lenny Robinson – “Batman”

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SFU Celebrates Legacy of Lenny Robinson – “Batman”

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Students, faculty and staff gathered on the mall on Sept. 24 to pay tribute to Lenny B. Robinson, the “Baltimore Batman.”

Robinson was killed on Aug. 16 on Interstate 70 in Maryland after being struck by a vehicle while checking the engine of his “Batmobile” – a custom Lamborghini – along this highway.

A retired business owner, he would don his Batman costume and visit sick children in hospitals.

Robinson visited campus last year. Kent Tonkin, an assistant professor in the School of Business, had contacted him and coordinated the visit.

“I had followed his work online for a while,” said Tonkin. “When the idea to have a ‘Bat Flash Week’ was decided, I contacted him to see if he would pay a visit.”

The event last year was a resounding success. The event last week paid tribute to the man behind the mask.

The Saint Francis band played the 1989 Batman theme song. This was followed by several testimonials, including one by Tonkin, which recognized Robinson’s work and volunteer contributions.

“If Lenny taught us anything, it was that ‘We Are Batman,’” Tonkin said. “That anyone can change people’s lives. I think Lenny would like us to always remember that.”