Florence (Laurie) Crozier Cobb seemed to be an “Ordinary Woman” – a housewife and mother who loved babies and gave birth to five of them. Thoughthe family was of modest means, there were always books and music lessons,and an environment that fostered learning. Laurie’s priority was the well being of her children and her children were remarkable, each in their own way.
The first four children each earned advanced degrees – Peggy in Physiology; Judy in Clinical Psychology; Cathy in Education; and Peter in Mathematics and Law. Each rose to the top of their field; most maintaining an interest in music throughout their lives. Florence’s (Laurie’s) fifth child was special.
David was mentally retarded, diagnosed much later in life as having Autism. Laurie’s concern for his handicap and unusual behavior led her to become a Special Education teacher and to develop a radio program for parents of “Special Children”. As her involvement grew, she, along with her husband, established a local parents group that ultimately became the Association for Retarded Children—now an active organization throughout the United States called the Association for Retarded Citizens, dedicated to providing life-long services for these special individuals.
As Laurie aged, she experienced the conditions that often come with being an older woman. Her sight gave way to glaucoma; her bladder betrayed her at frequent moments; and she developed breast cancer, which was, fortunately, curable. In spite of the challenges, she was always cheerful, delighting in her 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren until she died in 2003, a month before her 95th birthday. She would be very pleased to know that a professorship dedicated toward improving the reproductive health of women had been established in her name.
Florence Crozier Cobb was, in fact, an extraordinary woman.
The purpose of the Florence Crozier Cobb Professorship:
- To recognize the life-long dedication of extraordinary “Ordinary Women” like Florence Crozier Cobb to the well-being of women and children.
- To ultimately improve pregnancy outcomes and women’s quality of life by fostering research into all aspects of reproduction in the woman.
- To establish an endowed professorship held by a basic scientist or scientist/clinician whose research contributes fundamentally to our understanding of the establishment and maintenance of pregnancy, and the causes and therapies for reproductive diseases including cancers of the uterus, ovaries, cervix and breast.
The Work of the Section on Basic Reproductive Science:
The mission of the Section of Basic Reproductive Science is to foster outstanding research programs in women’s reproductive health and disease to improve the health and care of women and their babies. Our diverse and highly qualified research faculty is engaged in research that encompasses breast, ovarian and uterine cancer; fertility, persistent pregnancy loss, preterm birth, intrauterine growth retardation, preeclampsia and diabetic pregnancy.
Funding the Cobb Professorship
Initial funding of the Florence Crozier Cobb Professorship has been generously provided by a daughter of Florence Cobb – Margaret (Peggy) C. Neville, Ph.D., Professor and Chief of the Section on Basic Reproductive Science, University of Colorado Health Science Campuses –along with her siblings.