Oral history interview with Ralph F. Cobb

Oral history interview with Ralph F. Cobb [Sound Recording 01] Oral history interview with Ralph F. Cobb [Sound Recording 02] Oral history interview with Ralph F. Cobb [Sound Recording 03]

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SR 1282

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Oral history interview with Ralph F. Cobb


  • 2000-10 (Creation)


.1 cubic feet; 3 audiocassettes (2 hr., 30 sec.)

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Ralph Fallon Cobb, nee Healey, was born in 1921, and was adopted by the Cobb family in Sioux City, Iowa. He attended Yankton College in South Dakota, and served in Europe and Japan during World War II. From 1946 to 1948, he attended law school at the University of South Dakota, where he was captain of the track team and received a bachelor of laws. He was admitted to the South Dakota Bar in 1948 and the Oregon State Bar in 1949. In 1955, he formed a partnership with John Luvaas; the firm later became Luvaas, Cobb, Richards & Fraser. His practice focused on matters of litigation, both plaintiff and defense. Cobb was involved with many activities of the Oregon State Bar, including acting as chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee and the Committee on Sections. He served on the Bar's Board of Governors and was also active in local bar activities, including serving as president of the Lane County Bar Association. He received ABOTA's Oregon Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 1998. He also served as president or chairman of a number of local civic organizations, and was a member of the Governing Board of Sacred Heart Hospital and PeaceHealth. He also served on the United States Arbitration & Mediation of Oregon panel, was a master at the bench of the American Inns of Court, and was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He died in 2015.

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This oral history interview with Ralph F. Cobb was conducted by Donald W. Brodie in Cobb's office in Eugene, Oregon, in October 2000. In this interview, Cobb discusses the circumstances of his adoption; talks about attending Yankton College and the University of South Dakota; and describes his Army service during World War II. He then discusses moving to Oregon, passing the Oregon bar exam, and practicing law in Eugene. He talks about cases he handled, judges he argued before, and his involvement with the Oregon Bar Association. He also talks about his more recent work as a mediator, his interest in track and field, and how Eugene has changed during his lifetime. He closes the interview by discussing the technological changes in the legal profession.

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Joint copyright is held by the Oregon Historical Society and the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society. Use is allowed according to the following statement: In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted: http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC-EDU/1.0/

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  • English

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Gift of Ralph F. Cobb, March 2002 (Lib. Acc. 24643).

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Preferred citation: Oral history interview with Ralph F. Cobb, by Donald W. Brodie, SR 1282, Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Forms part of the United States District Court Oral History Project.

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Incomplete transcript (37 pages) is available for in-person use at the Oregon Historical Society Research Library.

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Finding aid based on DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard), 2nd Edition.

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Sarah Stroman

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