La Blanc, Robert E. of Manhattan, died peacefully at home on Saturday January 5th, at age 84.
“Big Bob” was truly a giant presence. He earned great success and respect in business yet was proudest of his work with scholarship funds for high school and college students through foundations set up in his daughter’s memory
Bob was born and raised in Forest Hills, attended LaSalle Military Academy in Oakdale, and graduated from Manhattan College with a BS in Electrical Engineering. Manhattan College remained important in his life as he served for many years as a trustee, eventually being granted an honorary doctorate. Bob served in the Air Force in Newfoundland. He received an MBA from NYU. Bob is survived by Betty, his wife of 56 years, and four children, Elizabeth, Robert Jr, Paul and Michelle and seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by his daughter, Jeannie.
Bob spent his career in communications and finance, starting at Bell Labs, becoming a partner at Salomon Brothers, then Vice-President of Continental Telephone, before founding his own telecommunications consulting firm, Robert E. La Blanc Associates. He served as a Director of many public companies and philanthropic organizations such as the Scholarship Fund for Inner City Children and Ronald McDonald House.
Bob loved music and singing in choirs. He was a voracious reader and had a particular interest in Civil War and WWII history.
Even in the midst of debilitating illness, he was still Bob – smiling and singing and asking what he could do for you. He was, above all, the greatest husband, father, grandfather and friend anyone could be lucky enough to have.
The wake will be held at Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel at 1076 Madison Ave 980 Park Ave. at 10 AM on Wednesday.
La Blanc, Robert E. [MC1956 RIP]
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Good Evening All,
Lou Calvelli shared the sad news of the Passing of Fellow Jasper and Manhattan College Member Emeritus of the Board of Trustees, Robert E. LaBlanc. Bob was called home on January 5, 2019. On October 9, 2018, we were asked for our prayers for this good man as he was struggling with Parkinson’s Disease. As he enters the Kingdom of Heaven and is at peace in God’s Eternal Embrace we pray for the repose of his soul. We pray for his Wife, Elizabeth, their Children, Elizabeth, Robert, Jean-Marie (deceased), Paul, Michelle and their Family as the Family mourn the loss of their loved one. Bob as a Member of the Board of Trustees, served with dedication and a strong commitment. He was a proud Jasper, a great Friend and ardent supporter of Manhattan College. Some of us knew Bob from his time on the Board of Trustees. We remember him for his pleasant smile and his willingness to listen. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Visitation will be as follows:
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Frank E. Campbell Funeral Chapel
1076 Madison Avenue (at 81st Street)
New York, N.Y.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be Celebrated on:
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at 10:00 AM
Saint Ignatius Loyola Church
980 Park Avenue (at 84th Street)
New York, N. Y.
God Speed Bob. Thank you. God Bless.
Colon, Philip J. (MC1962)
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