Family, friends and colleagues are joining together in remembering Roberta ‘Bobbie’ Lumb, a Queen’s University Alumna, and a long-time advocate and supporter of the university.
Bobbie, graduated with a Bachelors of Education in 1992, was an avid traveller and used her summer in France to grasp the French language and began her career in education doing exactly what she always dreamed of - teaching young children. She influenced many lives in her 28-year career and her commitment to the profession and her students never wavered. In addition to her passion for teaching, Bobbie loved to garden. Her love will always be evident in her designs and the colourful blooms have created a calm space at her family’s home. Above all else, Bobbie’s greatest legacy is her family Mike, Ed’93 and her children Heather, Artsci’21 and Andrew, Sc’24. The Queen’s tradition is strong in their family and this past Christmas, a cherished family photo was taken with everybody in their Queen’s gear!
In 2018, Bobbie was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer of the appendix which involved the peritoneum. Through it all, her grace, immeasurable courage, and strength of character shone through until her passing on March 2, 2021. It is their hope, that with further research, others afflicted with this and other rare forms of cancer will benefit through new treatments and pharmaceuticals to lengthen and improve quality of life and perhaps one day, find a cure.
Donations in her memory can be made to the Queen’s Cancer Research Institute and will be used to support research into rare forms of cancer. When completing the online giving form, please fill out the commemorative portion entitled ‘Dedicate my gift’ and indicate if you would like Bobbie’s family to be notified of your donation.
As an example, donations in memory of Bobbi could be used to enable Dr. Booth’s team to conduct a large study of patients with colorectal cancer in Ontario. Within this large cohort will be a smaller cohort of patients with a rare variant of this cancer that originates in the appendix. Because of the rarity of appendix cancer there are limited data to guide treatment decisions. The large provincial database that Dr. Booth’s team is leading will be among the largest sources of information on appendix cancer in the world. It will allow oncologists to learn more about prognosis of this cancer, outcomes, and optimal treatments to inform treatment of future patients with this aggressive form of cancer.
Bobbie’s family send their heartfelt thanks for your contribution.