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Robert Englesberg

  • On September 30, 2022

Robert Englesberg passed away on Thursday, September 29, 2022 in his home from a fall related to complications from muscular dystrophy. He was 79.
Rob was born in Kingston New York and spent his years growing up in New York City
and later on Long Island with his parents, Rose and Jules, and his sister, Judy. He graduated from Baldwin High School and went on to attend Washington College in Chestertown, Md.for 2 years where he majored in Chemistry and then Pennsylvania State University were he received a B.S. Degree. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1969 and was admitted to practice before Pennsylvania State Courts, various United States District Courts and the United States Supreme Court.
In the beginning of his legal career, assumed the position of Assistant General Counsel for the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission for 2 years. He then went on to serve a one year clerkship for the Honorable Louis Hoffman of the Municipal Court of the Virgin Islands in St.Thomas.
From 1973 until his retirement he served as Deputy Attorney General and Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Office of Attorney General, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
During his tenure with that office he was involved in all facets of work representing the Department of Public Welfare, the Department of Revenue, Orphans Court and the Bureau of Worker’s Compensation. As part of the litigation section of this office, he specialized in civil rights defense work representing state agencies and state officials in both federal and state courts.
Rob had many interests in addition to his legal work which included tennis, biking, square dancing, music, chess and reading. He played on the Penn State Men’s Varsity Tennis team for two years. His excellent tennis abilities were inherited by his son, Brett, who won the 1991 State Singles Tennis Championship in his senior year at Mt.Lebanon High School and his granddaughter, Isabella, who played for the Peters High School tennis team. He was a patient and talented tennis teacher and advisor to both of them.
Rob was also an accomplished chess player. He was a member of the Southern Knights Chess group of the South Hills and also enjoyed chess games with people from all over the world on the internet where he had a stellar rating. He introduced his 10 year old grandson, Seth, to the game and thoroughly enjoyed playing with him and encouraging him to become involved in various chess tournaments at the Peters Public Library.
Robert is survived by his loving wife, Sara, (they recently celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary); his son, Brett (Melissa); and his 4 precious grandchildren – Sophia, a senior in the George Mason School of Theatre at Rutgers University; Isabella, a freshman in fashion design at Drexel University; Gabriella, a junior at Peters High School where she is a member of the Dance Team and also a member of the Pittsburgh Pride Cheer team; and Seth, a fifth grader at McMurray Elementary School and a member of the band.; as well as his sister, Judith Schulman (Lawrence) of Denver, Colorado and many dear nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephew.
He will always be cherished as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He will be memorialized in a private family gathering in the near future.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Pittsburgh Symphony or any other donor’s choice.

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Harriet J. Baird
I am so saddened to hear of Rob’s death. We were neighbors For many years, all while our boys and Brett were growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with Sara, Brett and the family during this difficult time.
David & Georgia Rainero
We are so saddened to here of Bob's passing. We always enjoyed our time with you both over the many years. Sincere sympathy to Brett & his children. We will be in touch.
Michele and Kellen
We are so sad to hear of our friend Roberts death. We send condolences to Sara, and his family. Love, Michele and Kellen
brian baxter
Rob and I worked together at the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office for many years. He was a dedicated public servant. We became very good friends and made a point to continue having lunch together after he retired. Rob was a man of many talents and diverse interests. I know that he dearly loved his family and I am very sorry for your loss