Dipper Cumbo

Posted by Monica Hoel
What’s the story behind this little brick?

Baby duck peering at the camera.Dr. James Cumbo, E&H Economics Department, is someone known to generations of E&H alumni. The story of Dipper Cumbo’s brick is told by recollections of his daughter, Tori Cumbo Bledsoe.

The Cumbo family was visiting the duck pond when they witnessed a duckling on his way to being washed into the drain of the pond (before grates were installed); he was struggling badly. There was no mother duck around. He was very small and weak – probably had not eaten for a while. Tori, Kolbi, and Ben [the Cumbo children] fished him out of the pond and brought him home, where they named him Dipper. Dipper lived in a plastic baby bathtub until he regained his strength and grew a bit. They then returned him to the duck pond, where he joined the other ducklings! We sure enjoyed having him for a brief time.”

And perhaps the best summary of this story is Tori’s final words; “He was the CUUUUUTEST!”

  • A brick from the E&H duck pond named for "Dipper Cumbo."
    A brick from the E&H duck pond named for "Dipper Cumbo."
“He was the CUUUUUTEST!”
Tori Cumbo Bledsoe

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