Southern California Chapter of the American Statistical Association

Robert L. Newcomb
August 2, 1932 - July 10, 2014

   Robert (Bob) Newcomb received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1968, and in 1969 he became a faculty member at UC Irvine with a primary responsibility for teaching statistics. Since then, he made immeasurable contribution to teaching and mentoring of students and investigators at UCI and in the community, as well as providing statistical support to countless researchers.

   Bob made a difference in statistics at UC Irvine and in Southern California for more than 40 years. As a teacher of statistics he introduced the field of statistics to thousands of students. As a result of his teaching effectiveness and his enthusiasm for the field many of his students chose to pursue statistics as their educational and career path.

   Bob was an active member of the SCASA since 1976. He held the president’s office from 1976 to 1979, and then again between 1983 and 1985. Many local statisticians knew him. Bob’s death is a great loss to each of us personally and professionally.

   Three ASA chapters in the southern California region (San Diego, Southern California, and OCLB) are organizing a memorial service to celebrate Bob's successful life, which profoundly influenced the statistical community and the lives of many statisticians. The morning memorial service will be followed by afternoon statistical presentations by invited renowned statisticians who also had personal and professional relationships with Bob over many years.

Donations in memory of Bob can be made to Robert Newcomb Fellowship Fund:

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