Alumni Stories

The Hon. Robert T.S. Colby (C’49, L’51)

Judge, General District Courts, Alexandria, Virginia

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Robert T.S. Colby

Judge Colby earned both a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from Georgetown. He still has his notes from a political history class taught by Rev. Gerard F. Yates, S.J.. Colby remembers the days before Jack the Bulldog, when the school’s mascot was a Great Dane that “looked more like a horse.” His undergraduate and law school tuition cost $750 and $250, respectively.

Colby remembers Georgetown’s first radio station, which he says was “more of a transmitter.” He describes 1940s Washington, D.C., as a southern town that was still segregated; just outside Healy Gates was the “black neighborhood.” During the summer of 1946, a plane landed on Georgetown’s fields—and, luckily, missed hitting the cows that often grazed there. For over two years, Colby “played solider” during the Korean War. After graduating from Georgetown Law Center, he practiced law until 1967, when he became a judge.

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Virginia’s Judicial System

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