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Dr James William Colbert, Jr
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Birth: Dec. 14, 1920
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 11, 1974
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA

He died when Eastern Airlines Flight 212 went down in a North Carolina cornfield. James Colbert, and two of his sons, Paul, 18, and Peter, 15, were on the doomed flight, and lost their lives along with 69 other people. James was the Father of Stephen Colbert, of "The Colbert Report" on Comedy Central.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis Missouri, September 14, 1974. Dr. J.W. Colbert Jr. Services; Ex-Dean. Funeral services for Dr. James W. Colbert Jr., a former dean of the school of medicine at St. Louis University will be Monday in Charleston, S.C. Burial will be Tuesday in National Cemetery, Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. Colbert died Wednesday in the crash of an Eastern Airlines DC-9 jet in Charlotte, N.C. In all, 69 of the 82 persons aboard were killed, including two of Dr Colbert's sons, Peter, 15 years old, and Paul, 18. Dr. Colbert, who was 53, was accompanying the boys to Connecticut, where they were to enroll in school. At the time of his death, Dr. Colbert was vice president for academic affairs at the Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston. He was born in New York in 1920. He received a bachelor's degree from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., in 1942, and a medical degree from Columbia University, New York, in 1945. He was assistant dean of the school of medicine at Yale University from 1951-1953 and was dean at St. Louis University from 1953-1961. He then became associate director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland. In 1969, he accepted the position at the University of South Carolina. He held memberships in the American ASsociation for the Advancement of Science, Alpha Omega Alpha, a medical honor society, and Sigma Xi, a scientific honorary society. Surviving are his wife, Lorna, and nine children. (Obituary transcription, Mary Cummins) 
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  James William Colbert (1894 - 1971)
  Lorna Elizabeth Tuck Colbert (1920 - 2013)*
  William George Colbert (1950 - 1999)*
  Paul Joseph Colbert (1956 - 1974)*
  Peter Michael Colbert (1959 - 1974)*
*Calculated relationship

Annapolis National Cemetery
Anne Arundel County
Maryland, USA
Plot: E, 0, 2539A
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Record added: Feb 25, 2000
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Dr James William Colbert, Jr
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