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Charles W. Robbe was born in Mt. Carroll, Carroll County, Illinois. He was born March 2, 1904, the fifth son of Reuben F. and Laura V. Robbe. He attended both schools in Mt. Carroll and the first four grades in his elementary education, was received in what was then known as, West Carroll School, District #1. The other grade and High School were located in the far South of the the City. He was promoted from the elementary school in 1918 and was graduated from the Mt. Carroll Community High School in 1922.

While in High School his respect and admiration for one of his teachers convinced him that his profession was to become a teacher, which he has followed for fifty years and now has retired to do occasional lectures and speaking engagements.

Charles W. Robbe was named Professor Emeritus of Clarion State Teachers College, of Clarion Pennsylvania. This honor was bestowed upon him mainly for his contribution in initiating two foreign study programs- European and Asian-at Clarion State Teachers College.

He is known as one of the "founding fathers" of the Asian program of Culture and History in Western Pennsylvania, having done research and delivered lectures in Asia four times or more.

His activities over the years were varied. They included such occupational experiences as athletic coach, choir director, Inspector in the Bureau of Entomology and Plant Quarantine, conductor of educational tours all over the Far East and on the Continent.

Source: A Goodly Heritage Supplement #1 Spring 1975

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