Leav­ing a legacy

Late civic leader leaves mark in town

Palm Beach Daily News - - OPINION -

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.

Mr. Rum­bough

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