Jewel P. Cobb
Jewel Plummer Cobb, a former dean of Douglass College who was a trailbreaking scientist, educator, and granddaughter of a slave, passed away at her Maplewood home on January 1, 2017, after a long illness. She was 92.
Funeral arrangements are by the Preston Funeral Home, South Orange.
A recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Sciences, Cobb was dean of Arts and Sciences and a biology professor at Connecticut College from 1969 to 1976, then served as Douglass College’s first African-American dean from 1976 to 1981 when she was appointed president of California State University–Fullerton.
After leaving there in 1990, she became president emerita at Cal State-Los Angeles. She helped develop ACCESS, a multiple disciplinary program for middle school students in Greater Los Angeles that guaranteed admission to one of the schools in the Cal State system for any student with a “B” high school average.
Cobb is survived by a son, Jonathan (and daughter-in-law, actress Suzzanne Douglas), and a granddaughter.
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