Former Atherton councilman Bob Huber dies


Robert Huber, a former member of the Atherton City Council and past president of the Rotary Club of Menlo Park, died Sunday, Dec. 19, at home in Atherton with his wife of 57 years, Barbara, at his side. He was 83.

There will be an evening vigil at Roller, Hapgood & Tinney, 980 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto on Sunday, Dec. 26, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

A funeral Mass will be held at the Church of the Nativity at 210 Oak Grove Ave. in Menlo Park at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 27, followed by burial at Holy Cross Cemetery in Menlo Park.

Mr. Huber served on the Atherton council from 1994 to 1998, and for a three-month period in 2000, when he was appointed to temporarily fill a vacant seat until the next election. (The seat was vacated by Nan Chapman when she moved to Woodside.)

He lived in Atherton from 1965 to 1972, and again from 1983 to 2010, both times in Lindenwood.

Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Mr. Huber served in the U.S. Navy from 1945 to 1947. He was president of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Iowa State University and graduated with an electrical engineering degree in 1951.

He began his career with AT&T Long Lines as a student engineer and was awarded a Sloan Fellowship in 1960, graduating from MIT with a master's degree in 1961.

During his career with AT&T Long Lines, he moved all over the country, retiring after 36 years as a senior vice president of sales and marketing.

Mr. Huber was active with the Peninsula Roundtable, the Atherton Civic Interest League, and the Lindenwood Homes Association.

"Bob brought strong business, finance and budget skills to the council, with his background as a business executive with AT&T," said former Atherton councilman Malcolm Dudley. "He was always one of the most kind and courteous people I have ever worked with, a quality we don't find enough of these days. We will all miss him a great deal."

In addition to his wife Barbara, he is survived by his three children, Elizabeth, John and Katherine; his sister, Sister Elizabeth Huber, with the order of the Blessed Virgin Mary; and seven grandchildren.

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