Richard “Dick” Colombini ’52 died on January 23, 2021, after a brief battle with COVID-19. Dick, then called “Scooter,” grew up in Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood, where six aunties and 20 first cousins were within walking or roller-skating distance. It was a tight-knit family and his cousins were his best friends. A gifted athlete, Scooter played centerfielder and running back and earned all-state honors in baseball and football.  Dick was recruited by several major league baseball teams and played semi-pro for a time. But, after graduating high school, he opted to attend Santa Clara University on a football scholarship. He and his Bronco teammates were 1950 Orange Bowl champions, and he earned the highest GPA on the team. Later that year, Dick transferred to University of Puget Sound, where he set the single game scoring record in football, which stood until 1986.

01 Jul 2021