School principal and wife die in holiday tragedy

Yahoo News Staff
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A school principal and his college professor wife have died after drowning during their beach resort holiday.

Jamar and Ann Robinson were caught in a rip while swimming near their resort hotel near San Juan in Puerto Rico on Sunday (local time), Fox News reported.

Mr Robinson, the principal at Westlake High School in the US state of Georgia, tried to rescue Mrs Robinson, an assistant political science professor at Georgia State University Perimeter College, but they were both pulled under.

Jamar and Ann Marie Robinson pose in selfie by the water.
Jamar and Ann Marie Robinson died on Sunday after being pulled out to sea by a rip. Source: GoFundMe

People on the beach made unsuccessful efforts to save the couple, who left behind two sons.

Touching tributes from former colleagues of the pair have surfaced online following their death.

“Our hearts are broken for the family of Mr Robinson and Mrs Robinson and the entire Westlake community,” Bobby May, a football coach at Westlake High School, tweeted.

“We will always remember Mr Robinson as the principal who worked tirelessly, was always upbeat, passionate, never missed a game or event and LOVED his students with a heart that was unmatched.”

The school’s website said Mr Robinson “left a legacy of pride” that would “live on through faculty members and students that he impacted and encouraged to #BeTheChange”.

Jamar and Ann Marie Robinson in photo together.
Mr and Mrs Robinson have been remembered in touching tributes. Source: Facebook

He had been the school’s principal since 2018 and in 2014 was recognised as an Outstanding Georgia Citizen.

Mrs Robinson was working on completing a doctorate when she died and was known as the “encyclopedia” in her program due to her love of learning and prominent intellect.

“She was a beloved and admired member of the faculty and her loss is felt personally and professionally by all of us,” Dean Nancy Kropf said in a statement.

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