Vet­eran civic leader Stan­ley Rum­bough dies at 97

An is­land res­i­dent for nearly half-cen­tury, he played a key role in the de­vel­op­ment of the Civic As­so­ci­a­tion and its poli­cies.

Palm Beach Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - By SHAN­NON DON­NELLY and WILLIAM KELLY

Stan­ley M. Rum­bough Jr., an en­tre­pre­neur, vet­eran, phi­lan­thropist, ac­tivist and long­time civic leader, died Wed­nes­day, Sept. 27, 2017, at his Palm Beach home. He was 97.

Mr. Rum­bough was a Palm Beach Civic As­so­ci­a­tion direc­tor for more than 40 years. He was co-chair­man for 10 years and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer from 2005 to 2009, when he led the as­so­ci­a­tion’s pol­icy-mak­ing ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee.

Rum­bough, heir to the Col­gate-Pal­mo­live for­tune, was mar­ried in 1946 to ac­tress Dina Mer­rill, daugh­ter of Mar­jorie Mer­ri­weather Post, who died in May. They later divorced.

“Stan loved Palm Beach,” said Civic As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Ned Barnes. “He was ded­i­cated to mak­ing the town a bet­ter place. He had count­less friends, in­clud­ing me. I feel so grate­ful to have known this ex­tra­or­di­nary man.”

Born April 25, 1920, in New York, he was the son of Lt. Col. (later Colonel) Stan­ley Mad­dox Rum­bough and El­iz­a­beth Morse Col­gate, the great-grand­daugh­ter of the founder of the com­pany that be­came Col­gate-Pal­mo­live.

At Yale Univer­sity, Mr. Rum­bough edited the col­lege’s hu­mor mag­a­zine be­fore grad­u­at­ing with a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in Amer­i­can his­tory in 1942. He at­tended the New York Univer­sity Grad­u­ate School of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from 1947 to 1951.

A dec­o­rated U.S. Ma­rine Corps

Rum­bough Was rec­og­nized for his civic, char­i­ta­ble

con­tri­bu­tions.

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