Robert J. Macbeth, 95, a former data-processing director at the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia, died Sept. 16 at Stapeley in Germantown.
A longtime resident of Germantown and Mt. Airy, Mr. Macbeth retired in 1981 after three decades of service to the VA.
Born in Charleston, S.C., he graduated first in his class from Avery High School for Coloreds and earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from what is now Hampton University.
During World War II he served in the Engineer Aviation Depot Company of the Army Corps of Engineers, and was discharged with the rank of master sergeant. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in connection with military operations.
Mr. Macbeth was active in his community and church, spending more than 20 years on the vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Germantown, where he also had been treasurer. He also was active in the Philadelphia Club of Frontiers International, where he had served as treasurer.
He is survived by a daughter, Marion; a brother, and two grandchildren. A son, Robert Jr., preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held Sept. 21 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, with burial in the churchyard. Memorial donations may be made to the Philadelphia Club of Frontiers International, 7715 Crittenden St., Philadelphia, PA 19119. – WF