Robert B. Alpert of Boca Raton, Fla., died April 10, 2019. He was born in 1931 and was raised in Lakewood.
Dr. Alpert became a Registered Pharmacist in 1955. He worked at a variety of New Jersey pharmacies from 1947 to 1957, and in 1957 purchased Solomon’s Rexall Pharmacy in Lakewood. He moved that store to 3rd St. and Clifton Avenue, operating it as Alpert’s Liggett-Rexall Pharmacy. He co-founded the Lane Drugs Drug Store Chain through a merger with Lakewood Pharmacy in 1960, eventually owning 26 stores in Monmouth, Ocean and Burlington counties.
He graduated from Lakewood High School in 1949. He received a B.S. degree in pharmacy from Rutgers University and his Pharmacy Doctor Degree in 1982.
He served in the United States Army, Sergeant 1st Class in the Infantry Division at Kearny Shipyards, receiving an honorable discharge in 1959.
He gave much of his time to community service, including the NJ Civil Defense Committee, Lakewood Chamber of Commerce, Ocean County Y.M.C.A., Kimble Medical Center Foundation, Ocean County Health Advisory Committee, Lakewood Jaycees, Ocean County Boy Scouts, Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, Ocean County Narcotics Council, Board of Chosen Freeholders, Garden State Bank Advisory Board, and the Pharmaceutical Association.
He received the “Man of the Year” Loyal Buffalo Award of the Ocean County Council of the Boy Scouts of America as well as awards from Kimble Medical Center, Ocean County Center of the Arts, Newark Evening News, the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the State of New Jersey. He received the Monmouth/Ocean Development Council Silver Gull Humanitarian Award in 1983 and had May 27, 1988, proclaimed as Robert B. Alpert Day in Jackson. He has also received the Mortar and Pestle Trophy, Sales Achievement Award, Parke-Davis National and Regional Pharmaceutical Achievement Awards, and the Certificate of Service and Appreciation Award from Lakewood Township’s Task Force on Narcotics.
Predeceased by his wife of 52 years, Golda, and a son, Eric Steven, he is survived by two daughters, Amy Ellen (Michel) Hidalgo and Cindy Susan Alpert (Karen); two grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
Services were held April 14 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to American Pancreatic Association (APA), P.O. Box 352406, Miami, FL 33135.