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.
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