Jeffrey Robb, a longtime professor at Texas Woman's University and a Denton High School graduate, died Aug. 3 from hypertensive heart disease, according to a press release issued by the school.
Robb was influential at the university beyond his work as a professor, leading the Faculty Senate on and off from 2006 to the present.
Robb spent the majority of his life in Denton, graduating from Denton High School in 1972 as its valedictorian. He went on to the University of North Texas and then the University of Texas School of Law. Before joining the TWU faculty, he spent 15 years as a lawyer, spending time in the private sector and in the Judge Advocate General's Corps of the U.S. Navy.
His time as a lawyer led him to TWU in 1994, when he joined the Department of History and Government as director of legal studies and as a pre-law advisor.
Robb was inclusive in all of his efforts to better the university, said Carine Feyten, the university's chancellor, in an email to the campus community. He established the Bettye Myers Butterfly Garden, hosted events for faculty and staff to come together and was dedicated to TWU, she said.
"He wanted TWU to 'live long and prosper,'" Feyten wrote. "If there is one sentiment Jeff would want us to use regarding his feelings for TWU, it is this quote from a Star Trek movie: 'I have been — and always shall be — your friend.'"
Robb is survived by his wife of 41 years, Lybeth Hodges, and their daughters, Eri and Rowan Robb, son-in-law Michael Guernica and a grandson, Sutton.
Visitation is 6 p.m. Wednesday at Mulkey-Bowles-Montgomery Funeral Home. His funeral is scheduled for noon Thursday at First United Methodist Church in Denton.
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