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Robert Herbst

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HERBSTRO   Robert Herbst, 77, of Cheshire, died Wednesday, (March 5, 2003) at Yale-New Haven Hospital after a long and courageous battle with illness. He was the loving husband of Marie "Mitzie" (Schultheis) Herbst. Mr. Herbst was born Nov. 4, 1925 in Flushing, NY, son of the late Frank and Mae Herbst. He graduated from PS 107 in Flushing, NY, in January 1940 and from Bayside High School in 1944. He pursued an electrical degree at Mohawk College at Utica, NY. He continued his education under the GI Bill at Champlain College in Plattsburg, NY, until 1949. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY, with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering in June 1951. He served as a corporal during World War II in the Philippines from 1944 to 1946 with the Tank Corps. Mr. Herbst worked at GE in Schenectady from 1949 until 1958. He was Head of Test and Head of Medium Induction Motors. He helped develop the first atomic loop system at GE. He became Chief Electrical Engineer at Waterbury Farrel in Waterbury and Cheshire in 1958. Upon leaving that position, he started Intergrated Industrial Systems, also known as I S in Cheshire where he was President until 2002, when he became Chairman of the Board. The company moved to Wallingford and Yalesville. Mr. Herbst was a semi-pro football player in his earlier years and an excellent swimmer. He was Cub Master of Pack 96 for several years. He was an ardent organic farmer and would supply his family and neighbors with produce. Besides his wife of 54 years, he leaves three sons, Robert Herbst and his wife, Lesley, of New Haven, John Herbst and his wife, Jeanne, of Haddam and Eric Herbst of Cheshire; four daughters, Donna Marie of Moodus, Julie Crane of Cheshire and Andrea Wilson and her husband, Justin, of Cheshire and Michele Morley and her husband, Peter, of Cheshire; and 16 grandchildren, Tara Forbes Murphy of Wallingford, Tiffany Forbes of Cheshire, Adam Herbst of Cheshire, Luke, Matthew, Marie and Wally Crane of Cheshire, Katherine, Julia, Robert and Victoria Herbst of Haddam, Dylan Michael of North Branford, Bradley, Wyatt and Kayla Morley of Cheshire and Taylor Wilson of Cheshire; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Gerard Herbst; and his faithful dog, Jake. The funeral will be held Saturday at 9:45 a.m. from Slater Funeral Home, 242 So. Main St., to St. Bridget's Church for a Mass at 10:30 a.m. Burial, with military honors, will be in Hillside Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home, TODAY, from 4-8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Herbst SCSU Foundation, 501 Crescent St., New Haven, CT 06515. This is an endowed scholarship fund for speech pathology, or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Published in The Hartford Courant on Mar. 7, 2003
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