Robert D. Myers, age 78 of Mechanicsburg, passed away Saturday, January 29, 2011 at Messiah Village. Born November 6, 1932 in Hanover, he was a son of the late Robert J. and Gertrude (Geiman) Myers.
Robert graduated from Eichelberger High School in 1950, graduated from Cornell University, Class of 1954, where he sang in the Glee Club, and went on to receive his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant during the Korean War before entering the Reserves, where he served as a Captain from 1956-1962.
As an active member of Messiah Lutheran Church in Harrisburg, Robert served in many capacities over the years, including President and Vice-President of the Vestry and helped to establish the Endowment Fund. An avid singer, he sang for many years in his church choir and with the Grantham Oratorio Society. Robert was passionate about Civil War history and served as President of the Harrisburg Civil War Roundtable in 1982-83 and led a successful effort to restore battle flags. During the United States bi-centennial, he was active in local celebrations in Mechanicsburg and Upper Allen Township, including the publishing of a history of the Township. He was a member of the Cornell Club of Greater Harrisburg and served as its President from 1965-1966 and was the Fundraising campaign Chair in the 1970s. He often interviewed local students who were interested in attending the University.
He was a life-long Democrat and active in local politics serving on the Executive Committee of the Cumberland County Democratic Committee from 1971-1975. In 1971 he was Finance Chair. He Chaired the Upper Allen Democratic Committee in 1972. He volunteered on many local campaign committees of candidates for local, state, and federal offices.
Being a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association for 50 years, he served on a variety of committees and was a lecturer on the Uniform Commercial Code and the Municipalities Planning Code.
Robert began his law career with Harrisburg law firms in the early sixties. By the early seventies he had established his own private practice. During this time Robert was elected as a Township Commissioner in Upper Allen and was appointed as a solicitor for Hampden Township. He was a special counsel to the City of Harrisburg for three years and served on the Cumberland County Planning Commission’s Local Government Advisory Committee. In 1985, he left private practice and served as an Administrative Law Judge for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission and in 1987, he was nominated and appointed as a Judge to the Environmental Hearing Board by Governor Casey and retired from the Hearing Board in 1998.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ann (Monforte) Myers, originally of Fulton, New York. Surviving are his children, Rebecca S. Myers of New York City, Robert P. Myers and wife Gina of Lititz, and John E. Myers of New York City; his grandchildren Scot Brown and wife Leah, Carrie Brown, Ethan Myers, Amy Wilkinson, and Robert Gallagher; his great-grandchildren Logan and Sydney Brown and Adia Gallagher; sisters Mary Myers of Marion, VA and Dorothy Ramer of York; in-laws Ann and Brian Peterson of Fulton, NY; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, February 5 at Messiah Lutheran Church, 901 N. 6th Street, Harrisburg with a viewing from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. Burial will take place in Chestnut Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, Hospice of Central PA, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110, the Messiah Village Endowment Fund, 100 Mt. Allen Drive, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055, or the Huntington’s Disease Society of America by going to www.hdsa.org
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