Diane “3B” Cobb
Diane Cobb (born 1943), whom Baba called “3B” (Baba’s Beloved Baby), passed away quietly on October 14, 2012.
The daughter of Bea and Lud Dimpfl, Diane met Meher Baba several times as a child, including at the East-West Gathering in 1962. She corresponded with Mehera at Baba’s wish. Please see Kendra’s Notebook for some stories Diane told at Meher Center. Tony Zois has made a nice page for Diane at Meher Baba Travels.
The photo of Baba and Diane below was taken in San Francisco in 1956, when she was 14 years old. The photo of Diane as an adult was kindly sent by her friend Cherie Plumlee.
Diane was one of Sufism Reoriented’s best-known artists. She taught art to children at the Meher School and also taught classes on “how to draw and paint Baba” to members of Sufism Reoriented and other Baba lovers.
Diane is survived by her daughter Josie and son Michael, her sisters Claudia and Joan, and her brother Bill. Her former husband, Don Cobb, passed away a few weeks before 3B.
In the words of Cherie, “3B was amazing! I’ll miss her very, very much.” Cherie added: “She was ‘Baba’s Beloved Baby,’ as told me through her own lips several times throughout our friendship. Last time she said, ‘I don’t know why people think 3B stands for Baba’s Beautiful Baby, it’s Baba’s Beloved Baby!'”