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Robert G. Nussbaum

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Nussbaum, Robert G., passed away the morning of January 3, 2012 in Delray Beach, Florida. Robert was born in Chicago on October 15, 1920. He was the only child of Gordon and Paula Weiner Nussbaum. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Mary Ann Matonich Nussbaum; his only step-child, Peter Kramer; Peter's wife Paige; their two children, Carly and Luke; and his cousin Betty Weiner. Robert grew up in the Hyde Park neighborhood, having attended Hyde Park High School. While in college he was called into military service and was enlisted in the United States Air Force. He went on to achieve the rank of Lieutenant as a flight navigator in the European campaign over France. During his military service he was a member of the Air Force tennis team where he won many championships and was known for his drop shot and American twist service. Returning from the war, he began a 45 year-long career as a stockbroker and financial advisor with Bache and Co. While building a successful business, in 1962 he and two friends-William Krause and Arch Friedman, established the Chicago Panthers Football Team, a semi-professional team in the Central States Football League. The Panthers Team was organized as a not-for-profit corporation with proceeds going to a fund for college scholarships. Robert was co-owner, President, and for a short time, even team coach. After a two and a half year study, Robert pioneered an effort to bring 'wall street' to 'main street' via television. As such, in 1966 and 1967 he and a long-time friend and fellow broker, Richard Rose, brought exclusive stock market coverage to WFLD Chicago-Channel 32 viewers via a televised show that aired four times a day, five days a week. The team's coverage included two minute wrap-up reports (taped) that aired as a part of WFLD's 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. news. The news market segments went on to win a local Emmy award for news coverage. At the time, S.C. Quinlan of WFLD was quoted saying the response to his idea and the show was tremendous and he predicted "the idea may become talk of the country." In 1968 Robert and Richard followed TV with spot-market and business news reports on WAIT-AM radio, one of the leading radio stations at that time. The team maintained their radio coverage show until 1986. Robert retired from the business in 1995. He was an avid golfer, a member of Idlewild Country Club in Flossmoor, IL, and later the Hamlet Country Club in Delray Beach, Florida. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Robert's memory made to Hospice by the Sea Inc., 1531 W. Palmetto Park Rd., Boca Raton, Fl, 33486-3395.

Published in Sun-Sentinel on Jan. 8, 2012
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