Robert “Bob” Ogburn attended the University of Michigan where he received his A.B. and J.D. degrees. After graduating from law school, he served three years as an Army Captain in the Judge Advocate General’s office, stationed primarily at Ft. Carson, Colorado. He and his wife, Ann, moved to Monte Vista, Colorado for 39 years where he practiced law for ten years before becoming a district judge in 1976. Judge Ogburn presided over many of the major San Luis Valley water cases in the past quarter century, as well as the area’s high-profile criminal cases and complex civil litigation. He retired as a full-time jurist in 2003. In 2004, Judge Ogburn and his wife moved to Pueblo West, Colorado where he continued to serve for ten years as a senior judge with assignments throughout Colorado. He also serves as a mediator/arbitrator.
In addition to his career on the bench, Judge Ogburn served as an instructor at the National College of Trial Judges in Reno, Nevada and as an adjunct professor of pre- law studies at Adams State College at Alamosa, Colorado. He also attended an advanced seminar in Anglo-American Jurisprudence at Oxford University in 1988.
A private pilot, an amateur historian, he has authored numerous articles for historical and legal journals and has served as a board member of the Colorado Historical Society, and as a past president of the San Luis Valley Historical Society and the Pueblo County Historical Society. He is also a board member of the Pueblo Symphony Association.
Judge Ogburn is a descendant of the very early settler Symon Ogbourne who arrived in Virginia in 1652, maintains an interest in the family history of the Ogbournes/ Ogburns in the USA and UK, and has contributed to the development of information for the Ogbourne Chronicles website.
Focusing on the history of the name of Ogbourne, Ogborn, Ogburn and other variants, including the early form of Ocheburne & Okebourne