Tate, Robert L. "Bob"
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Jun. 13, 1924 - Oct. 5, 2013
Retired Baltimore businessman - Past chairman of Tate Engineering, Inc. and founder of Tate Andale, Inc. and Tate Access Floors, Inc.
Robert L. "Bob" Tate was born in Baltimore on June 13, 1924. He attended Johns Hopkins University until he was transferred to Tufts University as part of the U.S. Navy's V-12 program where he served as the regimental commander. After graduating with honors from Tufts, Bob was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Navy. He served in both World War II and the Korean conflict.
After receiving his Master's Degree in economics from George Washington University, Bob returned to Baltimore to lead the family business, Tate Engineering, Inc. Over the years, Bob was able to take the small marine parts supplier and turn it into a major supplier of engineering components to all facets of industry. Bob also founded Tate Andale, Inc. and Tate Access Floors, Inc.
Beyond business activities, Bob was active in the Maryland Chamber of Commerce where he served as past chairman. Bob was a founder of Maryland Business for Responsive Government. He was chairman of the Planning Commission for Baltimore County under County Executive Spiro Agnew. Bob was also a board member of the Baltimore Federal Reserve Bank where he served as chairman. Bob was a member of the Young Presidents Organization and subsequently served as president of the Chief Executives Organization.
In college, Bob played football, wrestled, boxed, and was an All American Lacrosse player. Later, he enjoyed playing inter-club tennis. Bob was an avid and competitive sailor and also enjoyed playing golf.
After retiring to Sarasota, Florida, Bob became philanthropically involved in the city's cultural activities including the Ringling Museum and the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce Jackson Tate. They met while they were students at Tufts University. He is also survived by his three children, four grandchildren and one great grandchild as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Bob's life will be planned at a later date.
Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 13 to Oct. 14, 2013