Robert Coombe Papers
The Robert Coombe papers contain documents and records of Robert Coomberelated to his work at the University of Denver as dean and provost. These papers do not include his time as chancellor.
- Coombe, Robert D. (Person)
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"Robert Coombe was born in 1948 in Kansas City, Missouri, lived in Colorado for the majority of his life. He graduated in 1970 at Williams College, and in 1973 with a Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley. Coombe then was a postdoctorate at the University of Toronto, and later worked at Rockwell International in California for seven years as a researcher.
In 1981, Coombe returned to Colorado and began his career in chemistry at the University of Denver. He became assistant dean of graduate studies from 1985-1987. He served as a chair in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry from 1988-1995. He was dean of the Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering from 1995-2001. And in 2001, Coombe was named the provost, a position he held until July 1, 2005 when he was named the 17th chancellor of DU, taking over for Daniel L. Ritchie, who had the chancellorship since 1989."
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