Robert J. Colborn, the administrator of Maryland Division of State Documents from 1974 until he retired in 2001, died Jan. 23 at Mandrin Inpatient Care Center in Harwood, Md. He was 77 and lived in Cheverly.

The cause was cancer, said his stepson, Geoffrey Schoming.

Robert James Colborn was born in Salisbury, Md. He graduated in 1958 from Washington College in Chestertown, Md., and received a master’s degree in history from the University of Rhode Island in 1964. He was a 1967 graduate of the University of Virginia law school.

Early in his career, Mr. Colborn was an Interior Department historian, a lawyer in a private law practice and an executive assistant in the office of the Maryland Secretary of State.

He was a member of All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Washington.

His marriage to Marilyn Boot Schoming ended in divorce. Survivors include a daughter, Amanda G. Colborn of Edgewater, Md.; a stepson, Geoffrey Schoming of Manchester, Md.; and two grandchildren.

Bart Barnes