May 29, 2022

The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Foundation Receives $1 Million Gift

From WXIX (Fox Cincinnati):

The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County Foundation received a $1 million gift celebrating the life of Eva Jane Romaine Coombe that was announced on May 24th at the Foundation’s annual donor recognition. The gift, received from the Estate of Eva Jane Romaine Coombe through the Greater Cincinnati Foundation, will endow the Library Director’s position. The gift is among the largest ever received by the Library or the Foundation.

“I am deeply honored to be named ‘The Eva Jane Romaine Coombe Director’ in recognition of a remarkable community citizen,” said Kimber L. Fender.

Mrs. Coombe was a graduate of Seven Hills School and a long-time School Trustee, she earned a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College. After graduating, she worked for the International Department of the Bank of America in San Francisco. She returned to Cincinnati in 1957 and earned an M.A. in Modern European History at the University of Cincinnati. She married V. Anderson Coombe in 1957 and had sons James, Michael, and Peter and five grandchildren. She also served as a Board member of the Playhouse in the Park, as President of the Junior League of Cincinnati, and as a Director of the Friends of the Public Library.

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