Longtime Greenwich educator dies

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photo 3Longtime Greenwich Public Schools teacher Robert A. Corbo died last Tuesday, ending a life marked by dedication to education and local sports. He was 87.

Corbo worked at Greenwich Public Schools for 23 years — first as a business teacher, and then as assistant principal at Central Middle School — then called Central Junior High School — before moving up to the high school, where he headed the Career Education Department.

“Bob Corbo understood the importance of career education,” said N. James Bulger, former principal of Central Middle School, “especially in a community like Greenwich that placed so much importance on pre-college preparation. Bob’s leadership at Greenwich High, just as personal computers were entering the classroom,  brought career ed out of the old secretarial preparation mode to offering lifetime skills to many students.”

photo 1The lifelong resident of Norwalk retired from the district in 1985, embarking on a series of extensive world travels with his wife Marie. The couple was married for 65 years.

Corbo was a product of the University of Connecticut, where he earned a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and sixth year certificate in business education.

Before joining the faculty in Greenwich, Corbo taught four years in Colchester at Bacon Academy and six more at Middlesex Junior High in Darien. After retiring from more than two decades at the Greenwich school district, he spent another 13 years teaching at Butler Business School in Bridgeport.

photo 2He served in World War II from 1945 to 1946 with the Army Air Corps. He was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant.

Corbo was also dedicated to local sports, earning recognition from the Norwalk Old Timers Sports Committee. He was a longtime player agent for Norwalk Senior Babe Ruth League and was involved with the Calbin Murphy Basketball League for a quarter century.

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