ACR Founder Passes

Robert J. Colborn, former administrator of the Maryland Division of State Documents, the founder of Administrative Codes and Registers, a generous and kind spirit, and a dear friend passed away on January 23, 2014.  Bob’s obituary is available at ACR has prepared a memorial page at

Our Founder Bob Colborn

It is with deep sorrow that I give you this news.

I have tears in my eyes this morning as I have learned about the passing of our good friend Bob Colborn.

A service celebrating Bob’s life will be held in Washington D.C. Those ACR members who live in the area are encouraged to attend his memorial February 7, 2014.

Time: 11 a.m.,

Day/Date: Friday, February 7, 2014

Place: All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20008

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Bob will be remembered for his big heart and big smile. How appropriate they used an ACR photo for his obit. RIP my friend.

Please feel free to leave a message to his family below.


Robert “Bob” J. Colborn, Jr., 77, of Cheverly, died January 23. Born March 12, 1936 in Salisbury to the late Robert J. and Marion (Tyler) Colborn, Bob was a graduate of Washington College B. S., University. of Rhode Island M.S., and University of Virginia J.D. As a member of the MSBA, he joined the Maryland Office of the Secretary of State and founded the Maryland Division of State Documents, where he served as Administrator from 1974-2001. He also founded the Administrative Code & Registers of NASS where he served as Executive Secretary and became the namesake for the annual ACR/NASS Innovation Award. As historian for the National Park Service from ’63 to ’64, he published the two reports key to the 1976 bicentennial restoration of Congress Hall in Philadelphia, and the Old Senate Chamber and Old Supreme Court Chamber of U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C. Bob was a gardener, a history/culture enthusiast, and enjoyed traveling. Surviving are his former wife, Marilyn B. Colborn; daughter, Amanda G. Colborn; stepson, Geoffrey (Katherine) W. Schoming; brother, George (Stacia) Colborn; sister Meg (Richard) Bond; two grandchildren, Molly and Julian; and friends, Curtis Burris, James Hughs, and Jason Amster. A service celebrating the life of Robert J. Colborn Jr. will be held 11 a.m., Friday, February 7, at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church, 2300 Cathedral Ave., NW, Washington, DC, 20008. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church ( A further celebration is to be announced for this spring.                                                  
                                                Published in The Capital on Jan. 28, 2014

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