E. Robert Korn, former police spokesman

E. Robert Korn
E. Robert Korn
Posted: March 05, 2014

As commander of the community relations division of the Philadelphia Police Department in the early 1980s, E. Robert Korn enjoyed not only dealing with law-abiding citizens, but also at times being a face of the city, his son Warren said.

"He got to travel on behalf of the city as a representative of the Police Department," his son said.

One of Mr. Korn's favorite memories was briefing crew members of the aircraft carrier Saratoga at its port near Jacksonville, Fla., in the early 1980s, before joining them on the voyage to the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard for the Saratoga's extensive repairs.

Mr. Korn, 79, of Deptford, who retired in 1990 as a Philadelphia Police Department inspector, died of heart failure on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden.

Born in Northeast Philadelphia, Mr. Korn graduated from Northeast High School in the early 1950s and served with a vehicle recovery unit in the stateside Army from 1954 to 1956.

He graduated at the top of his class of 1958 from the Philadelphia Police Academy, son Warren said.

Mr. Korn was assigned to the East Detectives unit in the 1960s and by the mid-1960s had become a sergeant, eventually in the Accident Investigation Division.

"His was one of the first squads trained to use the Breathalyzer. He was a street supervisor of the unit deploying the Breathalyzer," his son said.

In the late 1960s, Mr. Korn became a lieutenant in the Intelligence Division, which, his son said, "was dealing with organized crime."

In the early 1970s, he was promoted to captain, commanding first the South Detectives Division, then the 26th District, then the 14th District, and then the Northwest Detectives Division.

After commanding the community relations division, Mr. Korn was promoted to inspector in the mid-1980s.

"His first job was the night command," the overnight shift for which he was the second-ranking officer, his son said.

Mr. Korn's final job was commanding the civil affairs unit, which, among other responsibilities, helped protect visiting dignitaries.

After leaving the Police Department, Mr. Korn was chief of security at the Echelon Mall in Voorhees in the 1990s.

A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Woodbury Heights in the 2000s, he was an ordained elder and deacon there.

A Mason, he was a worshipful master at the F&AM Concordia Lodge in 1970-71 in Philadelphia, before it moved to Jenkintown.

Besides his son Warren, Mr. Korn is survived by his wife of 59 years, Esther; son Brian; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A visitation was set from 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8, at the First Presbyterian Church, 335 Elm Ave., Woodbury Heights, N.J. 08097, before an 11 a.m. funeral there. Interment is to be private.

Donations may be sent to the church at the above address.

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


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