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MEHRMAN, Robert S. "Bob" Age 91, Boston, broadcaster and anti-tobacco educator, died peacefully on February 17, 2019, at the Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, MA. Bob was born on April 7, 1927, in New York City to Sidney and Sylvia Mehrman. He grew up in New York and Massachusetts, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Bob was a local radio and TV broadcaster, and past executive director of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Association. He was the public affairs director for Boston's WJIB and was a booth announcer for WBZ and WCVB. After being diagnosed with throat cancer due to cigarette smoking, and having a laryngectomy in 1990, Bob became a spokesperson for the Massachusetts Tobacco Control Program, speaking to thousands of students throughout Massachusetts and New England. He recorded anti-smoking public service messages and a commercial for the American Legacy Foundation, that aired during the 2001 Super Bowl. Bob served in leadership roles including president of the International Association of Laryngectomees. He was a past president of the Cured Cancer Club at Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary. Bob provided education and support to new laryngectomees before and after their surgery. An avid automobile enthusiast, Bob participated in car rallies in the late1950's and 60's. He owned one of the first BMW 2002 sedans that was imported into the U.S. In 1969, Bob was one of the founding members of the BMW Car Club of America and served as the club's first President. Bob moved to Brooksby Village in 2011, and immediately became an active member of the community. He was a member of the Resident Advisory Council, involved in the Brooksby TV station and co-taught an iPad workshop. Bob was preceded in death by his recent companion, Dorothy MacDonald and his wife of 57 years, Selma Mehrman. He is survived by his sister Joan Mehrman; son Barry Mehrman (Ann); grandsons Brian Mehrman (Angela), David Mehrman (Kristi); great-grandson Milo; Richelson nephews and nieces; cousins; Dorothy's children and the entire MacDonald family. A Memorial Service for Bob will be held on Saturday, February 23, 2019, at 11:00 am, at Brooksby Village Chapel, 300 Brooksby Village Drive, Peabody, MA. A Private Burial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Care Dimensions, 75 Sylvan Street, Danvers, MA 01923, or The American Cancer Society via For more information or to register in the online guestbook, please visit Stanetsky-Hymanson Chapel 781-581-2300

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Published in Boston Globe from Feb. 18 to Feb. 19, 2019.
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February 17, 2021
Mr. Mehrman was a fantastic person and mentor. I was an intern at WJIB in the 80's and learned so much from him. My writing skills from that job projected me into an 8-year career at WGBH and I can thank Bob, (which I did) for his great stewardship of myself and others. In an industry filled with harsh and very difficult people, Bob was a beacon of light. may he rest in peace.
andre stark
February 19, 2019
So sad to read on Mr Mehrman. A true Gentleman! May he RIP. Steve
Steve and Deb OConnor
February 19, 2019
Bob Mehrman was an inspiration and a leader. A true GIVER!
29 years as an active supporter of laryngectomy. God speed!
Roger Sweeney
February 19, 2019
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