“Skip” Coburn, Executive Director of the DC Nightlife Association, Dies at Age 70

Dick Edward Coburn died at the age of 70 years of age at Howard University Hospital late on the evening of March 18. He had been recently admitted with double pneumonia.

Known to all as “Skip,” Coburn at the time of his death was the Executive Director of The DC Nightlife Association. From 2000 to 2007, he worked as a Research Specialist in the office of Ward 6 Councilmember Sharon B. Ambrose.

Coburn served in US Air Force as a pilot. After 24 years of service, he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

"The city has lost a dear friend and public servant. As a member of my council staff, Skip worked tirelessly to aid businesses and citizens in navigating the jungle of city regulations," stated Councilmember Ambrose.

"Skip was always willing go out of his way to help everyone, even to a fault," stated Marge Francese, former Chief of Staff to Councilmember Ambrose.

"Skip was a close friend and a colleague for over 14 years. He taught me how to give unselfishly to others through his example of a lifetime of service to both our city and our country. I will dearly miss Skip -- as will the entire District of Columbia," stated Councilmember David Grosso (I-At Large).

There will be a Requiem Mass in honor of Skip at St. Mary Mother of God Catholic Church, 727 Fifth St. NW on May 2 at 11 a.m.