Sociologist; University professor. Born– March 19, 1939, Indianapolis, Ind. Parents– David S. and Jeanette (Walsh) Coombs. Married– Joan, May 12, 1973. Children– Two. Education– University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1961; University of Florida, M.A., 1968, Ph.D., 1971; Master of Public Health, UAB.  Served in the Peace Corps, 1961-1963; taught at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Columbia, 1966-1967, at Spring Hill College 1969-1970, at the University of Alabama, 1970-1983, and at the University of Alabama in Birmingham after 1983. Published articles in many professional journals.  Awarded a Rockefeller Foundation fellowship, a State of Florida scholarship, and several research grants. Co-founder of a pioneering employee assistance program for business and industry in Guatemala. Founding member of the Alabama Suicide Prevention and Resource Center. Awarded emeritus status on his retirement at UAB.


David W. Coombs, Birmingham.


Map Abstract of Mortality Factors Affecting the Elderly. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1979.


Problems of Mental Retardation, Cerebral Palsy, and Epilepsy in Alabama; a Sociological Analysis. Tuscaloosa, Ala.; University of Alabama Press, 1978.