LIVINGSTON, NJ — Per tradition, the Township of Livingston has lowered its flags to half-staff in honor of former Livingston Mayor G. Robert “Bob” Leopold upon his passing on Jan. 12.
Current Mayor Al Anthony, who served on the Livingston Planning Board with Leopold for nine years, led the township in a moment of silence for Leopold during Monday’s council meeting. He noted that Leopold always had words of wisdom for Anthony during their many years serving together, and was one of those who encouraged Anthony to run for township council.
Leopold, a World War II veteran, died at 93 years old at his home in Livingston over the weekend. In addition to his work in town, Leopold was a former employee of the industrial research company Bell Labs and was always “committed to social justice,” according to his obituary.
His loved ones say Leopold was “known for his dry sense of humor” and that “family was a priority,” which showed in his “unwavering support of his children.”
Prior to moving to Livingston, Leopold grew up in Weehawken and Union City. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where he obtained both his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering before enlisting in the U.S. Navy to join the efforts to defeat the Nazis in World War II.
It was during his time at Bell Labs, where Leopold developed technologies for sub-sea communications cables, that he met his future wife, Iris. According to Leopold’s obituary, the couple moved settled in Livingston in 1959, where they raised their three children: Rebecca, Debby and Simon.
In Livingston, Leopold was involved in many organizations, including the American Jewish Congress, the ARC, the local Environmental Commission, and the Democratic Party. He also served on the Livingston Township Council and was a two-time mayor during the 1980s.
His work on the planning and zoning boards in Livingston only concluded when he was “unable to hear or walk well enough to participate in the meetings in his final years,” the obituary states.
“The community and family will remember Bob for many things, but perhaps most importantly for his strength of character. He was an honest man of principle and integrity. Equally profound was his dry wit and sense of humor. He left an impression on all who had the opportunity to spend time with him. Bob served as a role model for his family, his colleagues and his community.”
Leopold is survived by his wife, Iris; children, Rebecca and her partner Kol, Debby and Simon and his wife Sari; and grandchildren, Zev and Joshua. To read the full obituary, click HERE.