Stan Rumbough, formerly the CEO of the Palm Beach Civic Association, died last night at home in Palm Beach, surrounded by his family and friends.
Stan was our highly respected leader for many years and our close personal friend. He loved Palm Beach with a passion and inspired us to strive for a better community.
“Stan loved Palm Beach,” said Ned Barnes, president of the Civic Association. “He was dedicated to making the Town a better place to live. He had countless friends including me. I feel so grateful to have known this extraordinary man.”
Stan played a leadership role in the many Civic Association committees including public safety, shore protection, water resources, town beautification, transportation, and airport and port expansion. He was the former chairman of the Raymond J. Kunkel Foundation that presents an annual award to a “hero” in Palm Beach.
Stan was involved in investments and business development for more than five decades. He was a founder, CEO or director of more than 40 companies in the U.S., the West Indies and Mexico. He was the co-founder of Citizens for Eisenhower and served as special assistant to President Eisenhower, 1953-56.
He also was a founding member and director of the Young Presidents Organization and the World Presidents Organization and the founder of the Washington Tennis Patrons Foundation. He was chairman of the U.S. Committee for the United Nations, a director of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the Foreign Policy Association, the Population Resource Center, and the USLTA Davis Cup Policy Committee. He received the Ellis Island Medal of Honor in 2010, the Chamber of Commerce Pride of Palm Beach Award, and the Palm Beach Civic Association Community Service Award.
Locally, Stan was president or director of Planned Parenthood for almost 20 years until 1995, when he became an honorary director. He was a life trustee of the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts and of the International House in New York City.
During WWII, he served as a U.S. Marine Corps fighter pilot and was awarded 2 DFC’s and 8 air medals. He was a graduate of Yale University and attended New York University Graduate School of Business Administration.
Stan was positive, upbeat, and enthusiastic. He loved people and was always intrigued by the fascinating quirks of human nature. He was a friend to world leaders, movie stars, and everyday people. He was generous and quick to lend a hand. Everyone who knew him was impressed by his grace and style. We marvel that one person could be so universally admired and have so many devoted friends.
Stan was robust and energetic, full of life and full of fun. His laugh was contagious. His drive and determination were legendary.
At the Palm Beach Civic Association, we feel privileged to have known this extraordinary man who has made such a lasting positive impact on us and our community. We extend our deepest sympathies to his loving wife, Janne, and his wonderful family.
Stan is survived by his wife of 27 years Janne Rumbough and his children, Stanley H. Rumbough and Nina Rumbough, his step children Kai C. Janson and Karina Fitz, and 15 grandchildren.
Additional Press [Palm Beach Daily News]
Stanley Rumbough Dies in Palm Beach
Stanley M. Rumbough Jr., an entrepreneur, veteran, activist and longtime civic leader, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 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 CEO from 2005 to 2009, when he chaired the association’s policy-making executive committee.