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Combs, Theodore Carlos (Administrator)



  • Existence: 1906 - 1999


Background: Caltech alumnus (BS, 1927).


Description: Combs joined the Institute development staff in 1964 as associate director of corporate relations, later becoming director of alumni relations. He also was a member of the board of trustees of the Alumni Association and held several other offices in the association, including that of president in 1940. In 1968 he was named secretary to the Caltech board of trustees.


Collection Notes: Oral History, 1987. This 37 page oral history includes information on his relations with Caltech over the years, as well as on Caltech people such as Robert Millikan.

Photo of Ted Combs with the "Mechanicals" in 1925 (PhotoNet).

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Gnome Club, Throop and Caltech by T. Combs

 File — Box X2: Series II, Folder: 9
Identifier: X02.09

Theodore Combs Oral History Interview with Carol Buge, 1987-12-08 - 1987-12-17

Scope and Contents ABSTRACT: An interview in three sessions in December 1987 with Theodore C. Combs, Caltech BS 1927 and former secretary of Caltech’s Board of Trustees. He recalls his undergraduate years at Caltech, his work as a civil engineer in Upland, Long Beach, and in the timber industry, and his wartime work for the 9th Corps Area in California and in purchases and contracts for the under-secretary of war in Washington, DC. He retired from the timber industry and returned to Caltech in the mid-1960s,...
Dates: 1987-12-08 - 1987-12-17

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College students 1