John and Barbara McCombie during the unveiling of John's bronze hawk in the Kovalchick Complex in 2013
Best known for his work in bronze, Indiana County artist John McCombie ’72 died in July. John’s sculptures on campus include the Spirit of the Warrior, standing outside Memorial Field House since 2000, and the 700-pound red-tailed hawk suspended from the ceiling of the Kovalchick Complex’s DeChurch Lobby since 2013. A longtime proponent of retaining IUP’s Indian symbolism, John said he created the hawk as a rallying point for students to support IUP athletics. The sculpture was featured in the Fall/Winter 2013 issue of IUP Magazine (see “
The Spirit of Us”). A native of Spangler, now Northern Cambria, John lived in Rayne Township with his wife, Barbara Ratay McCombie ’82.