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Emily Tobin ’18 Becomes a Fourth-Generation IUP Alumna

Emily Tobin and family after December 2018 commencement ceremony

After IUP’s December 2018 commencement ceremony, from left: Brian Tobin, Nancy Drew, Emily Tobin, Linda Drew Tobin, and Rob Tobin

Emily Tobin with plaque honoring Warner Tobin

Emily Tobin with a plaque honoring her late grandfather, Warner Tobin

A member of the fourth generation of her family to attend IUP, Emily Tobin ’18 landed a full-time job as a fourth-grade special education teacher in Virginia’s Fairfax County Public Schools soon after she graduated last December.

She was cochair of the IUP drill team and, along with her mother, Linda Drew Tobin ’85, a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.

Preceding her at IUP were her great-grandmother Ida Diehl Moore, now deceased, who attended Indiana Normal School in the 1910s; her grandparents Warner Tobin ’51 and Lois Moore Tobin ’51, both now deceased, who met in Sutton Hall’s Blue Room and returned to campus two decades later in academic roles—Warner as director and then chair of the University School and Lois as founder of the LINKS program; and parents Rob Tobin ’82 and Linda Drew Tobin ’85, who became acquainted in an IUP summer aquatics program and in marching band. Rob Tobin returned to campus in the last decade as operations director for food service provider Aramark. Family members say Warner Tobin also founded the Four Chiefs quartet, along with his brother Ed Tobin ’51 (deceased), brother-in-law Carl Truxal ’52, and friend James George ’51, M’62. (deceased).

Others who preceded Emily at IUP were an aunt, Nancy Drew ’80, who returned to IUP as an Interior Design instructor in the ’90s; an uncle, Brian Tobin M’85; and an aunt, Bonnie Schaeffer Tobin ’84 (deceased). Altogether, 19 of Emily’s aunts, uncles, and cousins are IUP alumni.