Leaving a legacy
Late civic leader leaves mark in town
It was “love at first sight” for Stanley M. Rumbough Jr. The longtime civic leader knew that Palm Beach would be his home the moment he saw it, he once said in an interview.
But the heir to the Colgate-Palmolive fortune did not just sit back and enjoy the weather.
The entrepreneur, veteran, philanthropist and activist became involved in making the town a better place.
Mr. Rumbough, who died Sept. 27 at age 97, was a Palm Beach Civic Association director for more than 40 years, co-chairman for 10 years, and chief executive officer for four.
“There will never be another one like him,” said Laurel Baker, executive director of the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce.
“He didn’t hang on to history. He believed in the future. That’s why he was an entrepreneur.”
Yes, there may never be another resident like Mr. Rumbough. He loved Palm Beach and Palm Beach is all the better because of him.