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College Honoring Bob Colby with Tribute, Scholarship

Bob Colby Teaching
Bob Colby teaches graduate students in his Drama as Education class in 2017. File photo/Derek Palmer

The Emerson community will gather Sunday, September 12, to remember Bob Colby, a beloved professor, a respected theatre maker, and a friend to many across the College, who died in April following a battle with cancer.

Keep the Light Burning: A Bob Colby Tribute will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the Cutler Majestic Theatre. It will feature testimonials and musical performances from family members, colleagues, and alumni from the Performing Arts Department, in which Colby taught from 1977 until his death earlier this year.

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“He was an amazing human being, our Bob,” Performing Arts Associate Chair Maureen Shea, who is spearheading the tribute, wrote to the department in April. “I say ‘our,’ because he truly belonged to us. Just as we were his.”

Read: Bob Colby Remembered for Courage, Commitment, ‘Radical Love’

The tribute will be livestreamed for those who can’t attend in person.

Emerson also is honoring Colby’s legacy by building a scholarship to support graduate studies in theatre education, Colby’s field of study and lifelong passion. The College has a goal of attracting 44 donors, one for each year Colby taught at Emerson.

Learn more about the Bob Colby scholarship fund. 

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