Robert ‘Bob’ Jacobson

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Robert S. “Bob” Jacobson, 88, died Friday, Feb. 15, 2013, at his home in Palm Harbor, Fla., under the care of Hospice.

Born in Morgantown Oct. 30, 1924, he was the seventh son of Carl A. and Mary E. Metzger Jacobson. On Dec. 26, 1947, he married Elisabeth Ann “Libby” Brown of Summersville. They had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth Jacobson, of Green Spring.

At West Virginia University, he was a member of the football and track teams, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Beta Kappa, Delta Sigma Theta, YMCA and Wesley Foundation. He graduated from WVU in 1947 with a degree in chemical engineering. Bob and Libby then moved to Creed, W.Va., and he worked in Charleston, as assistant engineer of the Division of Sanitary Engineering for WV Department of Health (1951/52). He then returned to WVU to attend Law School.

Following graduation from Law School, the family moved to Tappan, N.Y. For two years he worked for a New York City law firm before returning to Franklin, W.Va., to serve as interim prosecuting attorney in Pendleton County. The family then moved to Marlinton, where for 10 years he maintained private practice and was prosecuting attorney (8 yrs.) of Pocahontas County. In 1969, the family moved to Greenbrier County, Lewisburg, where he maintained private practice. He also practiced law in Florida for many years.

He was active in many civic, professional and philanthropic organizations. He was a member of Lewisburg United Methodist Church. He was a former member of the Board of Governors of the WV State Bar serving three years representing a six-county area. In Pocahontas and Greenbrier counties, he was a bank director and organizer.

Historical preservation and genealogy were two of his passions: Pocahontas County, WV, Historical Society and Museum; Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and Foundation, Hillsboro, WV; historical societies in Greenbrier County, WV; Pinellas County, Fla., and Burnett County, Wis. He secured placement of his paternal grandparent’s home place (Jacobson House and Mill Site, Wood Lake, Wis.) on the National Register of Historical Places. The voyage of the Viking Ship Hjemkomst (1982) from Duluth, Minn., to Oslo, Norway, captured his interest and philanthropic generosity. Other passions were the arts, learning, cycling and architectural design. Many summers were spent at Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, N.Y., taking classes and attending lectures and concerts.

Surviving, in addition to his daughter, Mary and her husband, Tim Bateman, of Green Spring, are Betty Jo Morgan, loving friend and devoted caregiver, of Ronceverte; granddaughter, Sarah E. Russell Sanchez and husband, Roy; and two great-grandchildren, Addison and Silas Sanchez, of Greensboro N.C.; sisters-in-law, Alice Brown Juergens of Morgantown and Gloria Jacobson of Northridge, Calif.; and numerous nephews and nieces.

A memorial service will be held at Highland Lakes Lodge, Palm Harbor, Fla., Saturday, Feb. 23, at 11 a.m., with Fr. C. Christopher Thompson officiating.

In Lewisburg, W.Va., friends and family will be received at Lewisburg UM Church Fellowship Hall, Friday, March 8, from 4 to 6 p.m. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dr. Joseph A. Kenaston, Father C. Christopher Thompson and the Rev. Kenneth Caplinger, officiating.

Interment will follow at Walker Memorial Cemetery, Summersville.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL  33760.

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