Background

Commander Roberta 2013Professor Roberta Mudge Humble was born and raised in Westerly, Rhode Island, graduating from Westerly High School. She has been teaching at CCRI since 1970 and loves every day at the college with the students. She believes CCRI is a gem that often goes unnoticed.

The professor’s specialties are technical writing and oral communication. Her work for businesses and organizations such as Textron, Taco, CVS, and the Department of Defense have made her expand writings to all type of readerships.

She is the author of numerous books including The Historic Armories of Rhode Island and textbooks for both Technical Writing and Oral Communication.  Her talent as speaker are in demand, and when she addressed the National Conference of Secretaries of State, they so enjoyed her address that she received invitations to speak in other states. Her sabbatical leave from the college took her through much of the United states with presentations touting Rhode Island.  She has given over 500 speeches and attributes the popularity of those to being audience adaptive. Her goal is to open the eyes of Rhode Islanders (and others) to the state’s history and achievements.

A recipient of the Feinstein Merit Award for Outstanding Community Service from the Rhode Island Foundation, Roberta is the current and founding president of Westerly Armory Restoration, Inc. She was presented with the Education & Advocacy Award from the Rhode Island State Preservation Commission for her work with the state’s historic armories and her book about those. The Department of the Army awarded her the Commander’s Public Service Medal, the Providence Marine Corps of Artillery honored her with the Saint Barbara’s Medal (for artillerysts), and the Military Order of Foreign Wars (of which she was Commander in 2013) surprised her with the Distinguished Service Medal.

Roberta is a graduate of Leadership Rhode Island, a member of the United States Naval War College Foundation, a member of the Warwick Historical Society, an Incorporator of Kent Hospital, and a member of the Association of Rhode Island Authors, among other organizations. She was the first woman Rotarian on the East Coast and the first Rotarian woman president in Rhode Island. She is author of articles on pianos, music, and armories, and occasional but continual writer of poetry. As a professional technical writer and as an author well known for Rhode Island works, Roberta believes that audiences deserve the chance to enjoy as they learn.

Her interests, besides writing and speaking, are mechanics, antiques, vintage clothing, cockatoos and all other birds, 18th and 19th-century piano music, curling, kayaking, historic preservation, historic armories, books by Tom Clancy, NASCAR, Steinway pianos, gardening, the United States Military, blimps, American automobiles and muscle cars, and schmoos.

Roberta currently lives in the Conimicut village of Warwick with her birds: Alexander, Creamer, Caleb, Webster, Smokey, and Toby.

Education

Westerly High School, Westerly, RI (Diploma, College Curriculum)
University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI (B.A., English, M.A., English)
Oxford University, Oxford, England
Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, Scotland
United States Air War College, Montgomery, Alabama
United States Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania
United States Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island

Rhode Island Books & Games by Professor Humble

The RIght to Crow: A Look at Rhode Island’s Firsts, Bests, & Uniques
Rhode Island’s Friendly Faces: On the Rhode with the Old Windmill
Little Rhody & the Other 49
Sing Rhode Island (comes with CD)
Rhode Island for the Native and the Naive (game book)
The BIG Rhode Island Quiz (booklet)
The BIG Rhode Island Quiz (DVD)
Rhode Test (game)
Rhode Side (picture game)
Rhode Scholar (game)
Rhode Block (game)
The Rhode Island Card (plastic credit-card-sized list of firsts & bests)

Creamer and bear

Buddy side angle

Webster

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Mom and Dad's Wedding Picture

Claire & Robert Mudge on their wedding day, 24 February 1940.

Caleb and Dad Dec 2003

Robert Mudge (deceased 2008) & cockatoo Caleb (taken Dec 2003)

Armory front close up
The Westerly Armory