Robert Child COLBURN

COLBURN, Robert Child Robert Child Colburn was born Dec. 12, 1925, in Spokane. He graduated from Lewis and Clark High School, Spokane, in 1943 where he was president of the student body his senior year. He served in the U.S. Navy as an aviation and electronic technician until 1946. He attended the University of Minnesota majoring in Pre Med and the University of Washington Medical School graduating in 1952. Following residency he began general practice with Dr. Galen Rogers in Clarkston in 1954. In 1958 he began his orthopedic residency at the University of Washington advancing to an instructor of orthopedics. In July 1961 he joined Dr. Wallace Douglas in Lewiston and was a founding member of Lewiston Orthopedic Associates, the first orthopedic clinic in the Lewis-Clark Valley. He continued to practice until 2010. He was instrumental in bringing many first time and innovative orthopedic techniques to the valley and the Pacific Northwest. Robert was an Eagle Scout and continued supporting the Boy Scouts of America in his professional life, helping start the Boy Scouts of America First Aid program. He was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. He enjoyed his long-standing membership in the local Phi Chi fraternity, earning some notoriety for his somber and matter-of-fact approach to his role as the fraternity Scribe. He was a long time member of the Masons and board member and supporter of the Lewis and Clark Valley Boys and Girls Club. He was the first physician elected to the board of trustees of St. Joseph's Hospital and was elected chief of staff of both St. Joseph's Hospital and Tri-State Hospital multiple times. He was a longtime and committed volunteer with the Shriner's Hospital for Children both locally and in Spokane and was instrumental in creation of the scoliosis clinic. He was a board member of Medical Service Bureau and Regency Blue Shield and was Board president for Medical Service Bureau/Blue Shield of Idaho. He was a long time member of both Lewiston Country Club and Clarkston Country Club. He enjoyed many years of involvement as a director for the Lewiston Roundup, serving on multiple committees. His hobbies include traveling with friends, spending time at his lake cabin with family, hunting, fishing, golfing, woodworking, restoration of antique boats and antique cars; he was an avid skier and enjoyed flying, having earned his pilot license in the late 60's. Throughout his life he was involved in, a positive influence on, and was a benefactor to numerous community issues, events and organizations. He and Betty were major contributors to LCSC and sponsored LCSC Lady Warrior basketball players. Bob married Betty Metcalf in 1949 in Janesville, Wis. She remained his devoted wife until her passing in 1994. He is survived by his children Nancy Colburn Schilling (Nick) of Coeur d'Alene, David Colburn (Kristin) of Edmonds, Wash., and Richard Colburn of Coeur d'Alene; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a man of integrity, dedication and a role model who was looked up to and admired by all of his family. He was a devoted father and grandfather and a caring friend offering humor and wisdom. We will miss him so much and in so many ways. Services to be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Episcopal Church of the Nativity, Eighth Ave and Eighth Street, Lewiston. Reception following at the Red Lion Hotel, 621 21st St., Lewiston. Donation suggestions: Shriners' Hospital for Children, 15812 E. Indiana Ave. Suite 100 Spokane, WA 99216, (877) 418-8103; Lewis-Clark State College women's basketball program; https://mylc.lclark.edu; or the Boys and Girls Club of the Lewis and Clark Valley.


Published in Spokesman-Review on Sept. 25, 2013