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Robert Armbruster ’63
Social Justice Legacy Robert Armbruster ’63 truly embodied the Jesuit imperative that compels Saint Peter's University graduates to live as men and women for others. After Armbruster was tragically killed in a traffic accident in 2018, his family sought to honor his deep commitment to social justice by establishing the Robert Armbruster ’63 Social Justice Endowed Scholarship at the University. His brother, Bill Armbruster ’71, was the impetus behind the new scholarship. “I just think this is a very appropriate way to honor Bob, who was one of the kindest, most generous people I have ever known,” Bill said.
A longtime journalist and editor, Robert spent much of his career at well-known newspapers, including The Record, The Star-Ledger and The Wall Street Journal, as well as The Catholic Advocate, the newspaper published by the Archdiocese of Newark. Outside the newsroom, he devoted his time to helping others, overseeing a meal program for the homeless at St. John the Evangelist Church in Bergenfield, N.J., and serving homeless families through Family Promise of Bergen County.
Following Robert’s death, Bill wanted to establish a legacy to carry on his brother’s deep commitment to social justice. Bill contributed funds inherited from Robert’s estate to create the endowed scholarship. Already, two other Armbruster brothers, as well as a number of Saint Peter’s alumni and friends, have also contributed. The Robert Armbruster ’63 Social Justice Endowed Scholarship will be awarded annually to support students engaged in social justice.
“Technically, Bob was a German major, but he always said his real major was The Pauw Wow, which he edited in his senior year. Bob worked as a journalist, but he had a strong interest in social justice. This scholarship will help to advance those same values in a new generation of students,” added Bill.
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