Robert Carlton Hecht
1922 - 2017
Robert Carlton Hecht (Bob), who resided at the Casa Dorinda in Montecito, passed away on November 2, 2017. Active until the day that he died, he loved, and was loved, by many.
Born in Philadelphia, PA., February 24, 1922. Graduated Swarthmore College, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Economics and Finance. Member of the Student Council, Glee Club, Debating Team and Captain of the Tennis Team. Kappa Sigma Fraternity.
Lieutenant Commanders, U.S. Navy on the USS Gilbert Islands aircraft carrier in the Pacific, 1945-6. Four service ribbons and three battle stars.
Two business careers: Executive Vice President of I. Magnin and other department stores 1950-1975; Vice President of UBS Financial Services 1975-the last day of his life.
Ranked in the top ten in State Tennis first in Kentucky and later on in Florida. He embraced other hobbies of swimming and ballroom dancing.
Civic participation: Board Member San Francisco Museum of Art, President’s Council Santa Barbara City College, Leadership Council of the United Way, Council Member Music Academy of the West, major contributor to the Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara, the Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, KCLU Radio, Swarthmore College and many others. Robert C. Hecht Chairs in both the Lobero Theatre and Granada Theatres, Santa Barbara.
He will truly be missed by all of his family , co-workers and friends. Survived by his two loving daughters, Dorothea B. Lee and Sarah E. Williams, his son-in-law, Dr. Larry R. Williams, seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.