Community mourns loss of dedicated Board of Education member Robin Comfort

A reflection on the life of Board of Education member Robin Comfort from Superintendent Paul Imhoff, Ed.D.:
 
As many of you know, Robin Comfort passed away recently after a short battle with a recurrence of breast cancer. I don’t have words to adequately express the sorrow of our school district and our community.     

Robin was a beloved longtime member of the Upper Arlington Board of Education, proudly in her 12th year of service to our schools. The fact that she served so long in that role demonstrates just how much she loved our schools.

Robin Comfort, center, at the high school groundbreakingRobin was a Golden Bear, through and through. Both she and her husband, Greg, are UA graduates, and they raised their two children to be UA graduates as well. She understood the magic that happens in our schools and always did everything she could to support our students and staff. 

As a graduate, parent and grandparent in Upper Arlington Schools, Robin cared deeply about continuing the great tradition of excellence of a UA education. Her legacy will be seen within our new and renovated schools, our priority for safety and the well-being of our students and staff, and our districtwide focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

Along with her time on the Board of Education, Robin also volunteered with the Upper Arlington Education Foundation, in our schools and in our community. Before serving on the Board of Education, she was president of the parent-teacher organizations at Tremont Elementary School, Jones Middle School and Upper Arlington High School. In much-deserved recognition of her incredible service to our community, she was a recipient of the UA Rotary Northwest Woman of the Year Service Above Self award and the Upper Arlington Alumni Association Outstanding Alumnus award.

These were just small tokens of recognition for how Robin constantly cared for others. Nothing brought her greater joy. She was especially passionate about supporting those without a voice or those who may be overlooked by others.  

Robin taught us all what it means to be a servant leader.  The Upper Arlington community is uniquely dedicated to service, and Robin exemplified that amazing commitment to putting others first and working for something bigger than yourself.

Robin was tireless, energetic and relentlessly positive in her work with our schools and throughout the Upper Arlington community.  

This year has been an incredibly difficult year for our community, with the loss of several exceptional leaders for our schools and our city. It is difficult to imagine an Upper Arlington without each and every one of them, including Robin, and we are grateful for all that they did for our community today and for generations to come.

There is no doubt that our community is, and will continue to be, a better place because of Robin Comfort’s love for us all. We will miss her greatly.

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