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Jacob Kolb
Jacob S. Kolb, 94, died Saturday in Country Meadows. Born in Sandhausen, Germany, he emigrated to the United States with his family in 1924. Jacob was educated in the Philadelphia public schools and attended The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1940. He trained in the Army ROTC unit at Penn and during World War II served as Captain of the 111th Infantry Regiment, 28th Division, in the Pacific Theatre. His responsibilities included combat training in demolitions and jungle warfare, and his unit served as a mopping up force - clearing the remaining enemy from the islands of Peleliu and Tarawa. Jacob was awarded the bronze star. Upon his return home in 1945, Jacob attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He graduated in 1948, and was an editor of the Law Review and named to the American Law Register. He moved with his young family to Bethlehem, where he practiced law for 62 years. He served as President of the Northampton County Bar Association and was a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. Jacob was a lifelong Lutheran and for more than 30 years had been a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Bethlehem. He sang with the Bach Choir of Bethlehem for several years and remained a faithful supporter of the Choir thereafter. He was one of the founders of the Muhlenberg Medical Center in 1957, Jacob served as President and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for many years. Muhlenberg is now part of the Lehigh Valley Health Network. In recognition of his many years of devoted service, the new emergency room and outpatient wing was dedicated and named in his honor in 1992. Survivors: Jacob was predeceased by his wife of 72 years, Mary Catherine (nee Koontz), and by a son, John, in 2006. He is survived by a daughter, Jane Kolb Florenz and husband Paul; son, Matthew Jacob Kolb and wife Deborah; son, Mark William Kolb and wife Mary; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services: A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 1, at 1 p.m. in Messiah Lutheran Church. Arrangements, Pearson Funeral Home, Bethlehem. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Bach Choir of Bethlehem.


Published in Morning Call on Jan. 13, 2014
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