Robert Herbert, manager

Robert A. Herbert
Robert A. Herbert
Posted: January 18, 2014

Robert A. Herbert, 84, of Haddonfield, a former group building manager for Richard I. Rubin & Co., the Philadelphia real estate firm, died Sunday, Jan. 12, at the hospice of Kennedy University Hospital in Stratford after a fall at home.

When he retired in the 2000s, his wife, Dorothy, said, he was managing the Bellevue, at Broad and Walnut Streets, which in part houses the Hyatt at the Bellevue hotel.

Born near McKeesport, Pa., in an area where his father was a coal miner, Mr. Herbert graduated from McKeesport High School and earned a bachelor's degree at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa.

Mr. Herbert earned a full scholarship to the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his wife said, where he earned a master's degree in government administration and was ranked top in his class.

He served as an Army intelligence officer in Korea.

In the 1950s, Mr. Herbert became an administrator for the City of Teaneck, N.J., then the first town manager for Lakewood, N.J., before joining the Rubin firm.

As a member of the Haddonfield Board of Education in the 1970s, he oversaw the construction of the "C" building at its high school. "That was his baby," his wife said.

A Mason, he was a member of the American Legion and the Haddonfield 65 Club.

Besides his wife of 58 years, Mr. Herbert is survived by sons Robert A. Jr. and Ronald, a brother, a sister, and seven grandchildren.

A funeral service was set for 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at First Presbyterian Church, 20 Kings Hwy. E., Haddonfield, N.J. 08033.

Donations may be sent to the church at www.haddonfieldpres.org.

Condolences may be offered to the family at www.kainmurphy.com.


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