Perspective character

Name: Karl F. Lombe
external image portrait_lomb_c.jpg

Age: 65
Gender: male
Race/Ethnicity: white/German
Profession: businessman
Home Location: D3
Memberships/Factions: Aristocracy, Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute
Relationships: Carolyn Lombe (wife), Henry Lombe (cousin), Odelle Lombe (sister), George Eastman (predecessor), Josh Jake Bausch (Father-in-law)
Disposition: He is a kind and generous man who enjoys donating to charity. However, he also knows how to be a shrewd businessman.
High concept: internationally recognized businessman
Special skills/abilities: Good negotiator, persuasive, very intelligent
Notable flaws/weaknesses: Stubborn, overworks himself, holds grudges
Basic appearance description (daily, avg): His height and weight are average for a man. He has gray hair and brown eyes. He looks neat and professional in his business attire yet appears to be kind and approachable.
Short-term motivation
Medium-term motivation
Long-term motivation
Get co-ops established at RAMI
Give to the needy
Ensure the success of Bausch & Lombe for years to come
Have RAMI rival or even surpass Ivy League institutions
Become one of the world's leading businessmen


Background (family, education, important life events)
Karl Ferdinand Lombe was born in Berlin, Germany in 1854 to an aristocratic family. His parents, Adelaide and Leopold Lombe, had two other children; his older brother, Edward, and his younger sister, Odelle. Karl deeply admired his older brother and constantly looked over his shoulder while he was studying. When Edward was away from his books, Karl would often flip through the pages and pretended to study, imagining that the pages told instructions of how to travel in time or tame a lion. Edward married a family friend's daughter when he was 19 years old and moved to Dresden to become a doctor. Karl, who was twelve years old at the time, was greatly saddened by the loss of his older brother. He put his energy into his studies and attended one of the best private schools in the city. He learned subjects such as history, mathematics, foreign language, and science and received top marks while developing a passion for education. During his adolescence, a young, pretty blonde girl named Margret captured Karl's heart. They began a relationship that quickly grew serious and Lombe promised to marry her when he was done with school. However, just before Lombe reached adulthood, an important letter reached his family. Karl's older cousin, Henry Lombe, had moved to the United States several years earlier and was having tremendous success with his new business. In the letter, he invited Karl to move to Rochester, New York to work with him. Karl's parents felt that this was a great opportunity and insisted that he went. Though Karl protested, his parents refused to change their minds, threatening to cut him off financially if he didn't go.

Lomb emigrated from Germany to New York City in 1873 and moved to Rochester immediately upon his arrival. He quickly established himself in Rochester society by becoming a member of the Bausch & Lombe New York office staff in 1874. He eventually rose to the position of secretary of the company and later to vice president. It was through the company that he met his wife, Carolyn "Carrie" Bausch Lombe She was the eldest daughter of the president of Bausch & Lombe, J.J. Bausch. They married in 1879 and she became pregnant four months later, but fell ill two months months into her pregnancy. The doctors were able to save her life, but they lost the child in the process and the couple were not able to conceive again. Karl voiced his desire to adopt a child, but Carrie refused, claiming she could never love another couple's child as his own. Despite Karl's persuasive abilities, Carrie stood her ground and the couple never had any children. Their relationship was never quite the same. Mr. Lombe respected his wife's decision, yet his desire to have a child never completely passed. To fill the hole in his heart, he adopted a golden retriever named Ellie.

Lombe gained a reputation as a businessman and a philanthropist. In addition to his work with Bausch & Lombe, he was vice president of Yawman & Erbe Manufacturing Company and director of the Security Trust Company of Rochester and the Rochester Telephone Corporation.
Lombe also knew much about the Rochester Athenaeum and Mechanics Institute since his cousin had been involved with the school for several years. His passion for education had never left him and he became involved with providing opportunities to RAMI students. His contributions to the school led to his election to the Board of Directors in 1910. Lombe became the Board's president in 1916 after George Eastman's resignation. He was also its chairman later on.

Current Biography (ca. 1921)
Lombe became heavily invested in the Athenaeum. He is a proud advocate of the co-op program and has been a main contributor of many of the debates surrounding it. He is very personable and enjoys walking around campus to get to know the students and see what they are learning and creating. Furthermore, he continues to work for Bausch & Lombe and is currently working on developing new, more technologically advanced microscopes to be used in scientific research. Lombe has also become well known for generously donating and contributing to charities and worthy causes. He especially has a soft heart for children and part of him still wishes he had one as his own. During the holidays, he often helps to run clothes drives for the needy so they can stay warm during the harsh Rochester winters. He is also notably kind to immigrants due to his own history. Lombe is extremely interested in civic affairs and good citizenship and is a prominent leader in the educational, civic, and business communities.

One of Lombe's hobbies is car collecting; he favors the Cadillac Type 51 for his daily activities and takes quite an interest in the construction of automobiles. He keeps parts in his home and spends much of his free time studying them. He has also created a family tradition of owning golden retrievers. When they pass away, he has them stuffed and put on display in his office. He enjoys taking his current dog, Abby, on long walks in Mt. Hope Cemetery and often visits the grave of his cousin, who passed away in 1908, while he is there. Carrie does not often accompany them and usually remains at home. Lombe remains in contact with his younger sister, Odelle, through letters. Edward passed away in 1920 and Odelle is the only surviving member of Lombe's immediate family.