Robert Colborn Jr.
Robert "Bob" J. Colborn, Jr., 77, of Cheverly, died January 23. Born March 12, 1936 in Salisbury to the late Robert J. and Marion (Tyler) Colborn, Bob was a graduate of Washington College B. S., University. of Rhode Island M.S., and University of Virginia J.D. As a member of the MSBA, he joined the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State and founded the Maryland Division of State Documents, where he served as Administrator from 1974-2001. He also founded the Administrative Code & Registers of NASS where he served as Executive Secretary and became the namesake for the annual ACR/NASS Innovation Award. As historian for the National Park Service from '63 to '64, he published the two reports key to the 1976 bicentennial restoration of Congress Hall in Philadelphia, and the Old Senate Chamber and Old Supreme Court Chamber of U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C. Bob was a gardener, a history/culture enthusiast, and enjoyed traveling. Surviving are his former wife, Marilyn B. Colborn; daughter, Amanda G. Colborn; stepson, Geoffrey (Katherine) W. Schoming; brother, George (Stacia) Colborn; sister Meg (Richard) Bond; two grandchildren, Molly and Julian; and friends, Curtis Burris, James Hughs, and Jason Amster. A service celebrating the life of Robert J. Colborn Jr. will be held 11 a.m., Friday, February 7, at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20008. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church ( A further celebration is to be announced for this spring.
Published by The Capital on Jan. 28, 2014.
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It's hard to believe it's been seven years since Bob's passing. I still think of him often, especially in these ultra-political times. Whenever I wanted a deeper perspective on an East Coast pol, Bob always had some great info. Even after we both retired I managed to see Bob once a year in DC, and he always took me on a day trip to some historic site - a Civil War battlefield, around the Eastern Shore, the Bellevue-Oxford ferry. Our last trip was to Harper's Ferry and of course Bob had many interesting stories I hadn't read in the history books.
He made one trip to visit us in Olympia, and we enjoyed a two-day trip around the Loop of the Olympic Peninsula.
I just hope there is some way Bob got to observe the Trump years and the inauguration of Joe Biden, almost a Marylander. He probably would have had a few choice insights.
Thanks for all you've done for NASS/ACR. RIP old friend.
Gary Reid
January 22, 2021
Bob, Every now and then I get the thought, “when Bob gets here . . . “. Alas, the next time will be when I join you. Can not remember who said, “Friends are made for a reason; a season or a lifetime.” Hoping ours will be for eternity.
January 22, 2021
Bob - Hardly goes by without a fond memory of you. Remembering you is easy and brings a smile to my face. Thank you for becoming a dear friend. Always, with love, Jerry.
January 22, 2020
Dear friend Bob. We met as competitors but your forgiving nature allowed us to become good friends. Thank you for allowing me to plan the party for your 75th and helping me celebrate mine.
Thank you for the past twenty years.
February 3, 2014
Bob, as the years passed we drifted apart, I have often remember our early legal profession years together. I your team work keep it together, memories of a life time.
Skip McKee
February 2, 2014
Bob was a great friend with a great heart and soul. He dedicated many hours of work on behalf of the Gay Fathers Coalition/DC
January 31, 2014
I am very sorry for the loss of Robert Colborn, Jr. In particular for my friend, Amanda, his daughter. I know he was and will always be cherished in her heart and memories. Condolences to the entire family.
Christie Cavanaugh
January 30, 2014
I was so fortunate to have Bob as a brother. He was my friend, confidante and mentor in so many thing and in so many ways. He was so kind and thoughtful toward me. I will miss him for the rest of my life. Peace be with you brother. Until we meet again.
George Colborn
January 29, 2014
I am sorry for your loss of Robert. May the God of all comfort be with you and your family during this difficult time.
January 29, 2014
Bob -- you were my mentor, friend, and confidant. You guided me through the mysteries of administrative rule publication as well as the historical battlefields and monuments of the Washington, D.C. area. You greatly enriched my life with your knowledge and good humor. Be at peace.
Gary Reid
January 29, 2014
I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in family, friends and prayer (Psalm 65:2) during this difficult time.
January 29, 2014
Bob, my friend, I will miss you. I met you at the ACR meeting in Austin, TX in 1983. You quickly became a friend and mentor in the rules arena. I will remember your wonderful sense of humor and your guidance. May you rest in peace.
Mimi Griffiths
January 29, 2014
i will always have great memories of a great man :) he will be missed rest in peace uncle bob we all loved you and we miss you
jennifer farnan
January 29, 2014
auntie m, geof, kathy, molly ella, julian and amanda where do i begin???? uncle bob was the sweetest man any 1 ever knew, i remember he was the 1 that tought me how to drive a stick shift car in the drive way when they came down to alabama to see us, we had so many good times together that no 1 will ever forget :( rest in peace my sweet uncle
January 29, 2014
Uncle Bob was a loving, kind and gentle man. He will be missed! Love and hugs to my cousins, their families, and Aunt Marilyn.
Nancy Farnan Lockard
January 28, 2014
This is truly sad new for me, I met Bob in 1978, the very first ACR meeting.
I will miss you and your big smile.
January 28, 2014
As a member of ACR since 1997 Bob was a good friend and mentor to me. So much was learned and shared. I took the photo that is used in this obit. That big smile, that's what I remember the most -- every time I took a photo of him, he had that big smile. I wish I could be there at your services to celebrate your life. Oh the stories I would share! RIP my friend.
Scott Cancelosi
January 28, 2014
I'll always remember Bob as a great welcomer to this newcomer in his NASS/ACR. We had many interesting conversations about topics unrelated to our work.
January 28, 2014
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