Robert M. Schaeberle, former Chairman and CEO of Nabisco Brands, Dies at 88.
Robert M. Schaeberle died on September 29, 2011 at the Ridge at Riverwoods, in Exeter, NH. Mr. Schaeberle was formerly the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Nabisco Brands, Inc. He was 88.
Mr. Schaeberle began his career with Nabisco as a trainee in 1946 rising to become the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 1973. Mr. Schaeberle remained as Chairman of Nabisco Brands, Inc. after the merger of Nabisco and R.J. Reynolds. He retired at the end of 1986, with forty years of service to Nabisco.
During his career he was also active serving in an advisory role to many different companies and organizations. Mr. Schaeberle served as the President of Financial Executive Institute's New York Chapter and served as the Chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc. He was also a board member for several companies including service as a Director of Libbey-Owens-Ford Company, a Director for The Prudential Insurance Company of America, a contributing Director to the American Arbitration Association, and The United Nations Association of the United States of America and Committee for Economic Development, Chairman of the Uniform Product Code Council, and a member of the Advisory Committee of the New York Stock Exchange. He was also a member of the Advisory Board of Chemical Bank, New York Trust Company, the Emergency Committee for American Trade and the Business Roundtable. He was a trustee and member of the Advisory Council of Pace University and received the "Leaders in Management Award" from Pace. Mr. Schaeberle was also member of the Board of Overseers of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.
He was a man with a witty sense of humor who brought knowledge, leadership, understanding and warmth not just to his business career but also the many community and charitable involvements. Under his leadership, Nabisco was one of the country's largest contributors to Food Banks across America. Additionally, he was the founding Chairman of Morris Tomorrow, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Morris County, NJ. The "Robert M. Schaeberle Leadership Award" is given out annually to a deserving individual who works toward furthering that goal. He was also very involved with the United Way and Boy Scouts of America agencies in New Jersey.
A native of New Jersey for eighty years, he was born on January 2, 1923 in Newark, NJ, the son of the late Frederick M. and Bertha Thielman Schaeberle. Formerly residing in the towns of Glen Ridge and Montclair, Mr. Schaeberle was a graduate of Dartmouth College, Class of 45'. During World War II he served with the U.S. Navy for three years, seeing action in the South Pacific aboard the destroyer escort U.S.S. Kinzer. He held the rank of Lt. Commander USNR (Ret.) and remained active in the Naval Reserves until 1972.
A devoted family man, Mr. Schaeberle was an inspiration to all who knew him. He could often be found in his workshop, perfecting a new invention or work of art. His spirits for exploration lead him on numerous travels throughout the world.
Mr. Schaeberle was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Slockbower Schaeberle who died in 1981, and by his second wife Barbara Schaeberle who died in 2003. He is survived by three sons', Robert Kim Schaeberle and wife Beatrice of Alton, NH and Longwood, FL, Mark Schaeberle and his wife Jeannie of Glenwood, MD, and Gregg Schaeberle of Newport Beach, CA; six grandchildren, Carolyn, Emily, Stephanie, Jennifer, Stephen, and Thomas; and two great grandchildren, Bruce and Mark.
A memorial service will be held Sunday October 16th, 2011 at 2PM at The Glen Ridge Congregational Church, 195 Ridgewood Ave, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the memory of Robert M. Schaeberle to the Glen Ridge Congregational Church Garden of Memory.
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