Poet, chemist, bookstore owner. Born– September 25, 1924, Riverview. Parents– Elisha Trammell and LaFaye (Hunt) Combs. Education– Attended the University of Washington, 1943-1944; attended the University of Chicago, 1945; University of California, A.B., 1948; further study at Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Meteorologist in the U.S. Air Force, 1943-1946; chemist with Tidewater-Associated Oil Company, 1948-1951; photography studio owner and manager on St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands, 1951-1952; owned a book shop on St. Thomas after 1952. Trustee and founder of the Virgin Islands Museum beginning in 1955. Travelled extensively. Member ACLU, American Association for the Advancement of Science; Bibliographical Society; Hakluyt Society; Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society. Ddied April 14, 2018.


Contemporary Authors online


Briefs; Poems. Franklin, N.H.; Hillside Press, 1960.

But Never Mind; Poems, etc., 1946-50. S.l.; Golden Mountain Press, 1961.

Ceremonies in Mind; Artists, Boys, Cats, Lovers, Judges, Priests. St. Thomas, V.I.; Author, 1959.

The Christmas Clutch. St. Thomas V.I.?; Author, 1957.

Pilgrims’ Terrace; Poems, American, West Indian. St. Germoan; Editoral La Neuva Salamca, 1957.

Saint-Thomas; Poems. Millertown, Conn.; Wesleyan University Press, 1965.

Saint Thomas’s and Francis’ Cities Song O’Tram. St. Thomas, V.I.; s.n., 1958.


A collection of the papers of Elisha Trammell Combs is held by the University of Delaware Library, and a larger collection is in the Mandeville Special Collections Library at the University of California, San Diego.