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Robert Herb Is Recipient of Simon Bruté Medal

Donna Klinger

Presenting Brute Medal to Robert Herb

NAA President Susan Janowiak and Mount President Tim Trainor present the Bruté Medal to Robert "Rob" Herb.

In recognition of his longstanding service to Mount St. Mary’s University and the shipping industry, the university’s National Alumni Association (NAA) on June 3 presented Robert “Rob” Herb with the Simon Bruté Medal.

herb-brute.jpgThe Simon Bruté Medal, the NAA’s highest award, is presented to alumni who have brought honor to Mount St. Mary’s by distinguishing themselves through their career and commitment to the community and to the university or in service to their fellow citizens.

Herb’s major, business and finance with a concentration in international transportation, has served him well in his career. After graduating from Mount St. Mary’s in 1978, he began his career in Baltimore but moved to Philadelphia in 1981 to begin a new shipping company. He served in several executive positions before being named president of Terminal Shipping Company in 1992 and eventually buying the company in 1997.

Herb started several other shipping companies in the East Coast and Gulf Coast, which he merged in 2020. He still serves as the company director.

A 2011 inductee to the university’s Athletic Hall of Fame, Herb played four years of men’s lacrosse. In his senior year, he was named captain, MVP and winner of the Kolan Award, which is awarded to the outstanding senior athlete. He also served on the student council for four years and as president of the Athletic Association for two years. This position involved directing all student intramural competition.

As an alumnus, Herb served as president of the Baltimore alumni chapter for 25 years and currently is treasurer of the chapter. For more than 30 years, he has served on the National Alumni Association Board and as chairperson of the Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. He finds time in his schedule to serve other organizations as well, serving as treasurer of the Philadelphia Maritime Exchange; president of the Seamens Church of Philadelphia and South Jersey; and a board member of the Baltimore Seamens Center. He also is a volunteer coach of football and lacrosse at recreational and middle and high school levels.

Donna Klinger