From a contemporary press report:
Judith M. Robles-Coombs, 50, a Navy lieutenant commander and physician in the military family health center at the National Naval Medical Center, died of liver cancer there January 18, 2000. She lived in Rockville, Maryland.
Commander. Robles-Coombs moved to this area a year ago after a posting to Italy. She was also assigned to the Navy clinic at the security station at Sugar Grove, West Virginia.
She was a native of Brooklyn, New York., and a graduate of Gwynedd-Mercy College in Pennsylvania and Howard University medical school. She was a resident in surgery at Brookdale Hospital in New York and in family practice at Texas Technical University Health Science Center.
She began her career as an enlisted hospital corpsman and later was an aerospace medical technician in Guam.
She was a diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice and a member of the American Medical Association, the American Association of Military Surgeons, the Naval Reserve Association and St. Mary's Catholic Church in Rockville.
Survivors include her husband, Navy Lieuteannt Commander Albert Coombs of Rockville; her parents, Juan and Naomi Robles of Brooklyn; two sisters; and two brothers.
ROBLES-COOMBS, JUDITH, LCDR, USNR (Age 40)
Staff Physician, National Naval Medical Center
On Tuesday, January 18, 2000, of Rockville, MD. Beloved wife of LCDR Albert Coombs, USN; loving daughter of Juan and Naomi Robles of Brooklyn, NY. Service will be held at Fort Myer Chapel on Wednesday, February 2, at 12:45 p.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Judith Robles-Coombs Scholarship Fund to be established. Details for memorials will be available at viewing.
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