Muriel & Robert Jacobson

Robert Jacobson, District Governor 2004-2005

Bob Jacobson was born in Boston, and grew up in Milton, MA.  He graduated from Thayer Academy, and attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  Bob found out the hard way that an engineering education didn’t agree with him, so he left to join the Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in 1959.  A year later in Harlingen AFB, TX, he was a brand new 2nd Lt Navigator.  This began a 10 year stint flying in B-52s stationed in Mississippi and North Dakota.


In 1966, while still in the AF, he got his degree in Math from the University of Omaha (now U of Nebraska).  Here he discovered the fledging world of computers from a course taken in computer programming and shortly after, the world of IBM.  In 1968, he said goodbye to the Strategic Air Command and its 14 days of alert duty each month and joined IBM in New Haven, CT where he spent the next 20 years in Sales and Marketing.  During this period he went back to flying with the Rhode Island Air National Guard as a Navigator on C-130s.  He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and Squadron Navigator Flight Leader with 6000 flying hours in 1988 and shortly after took an early retirement from IBM.


In 1989, he and Muriel moved into what had been the Jacobson summer home in Boothbay Harbor, after they had spent many winter weekends in the 1980s winterizing it.  In 1992, he joined the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club.  He served as Director of International Service, Secretary, Foundation Committee Chairman and, in 1999-2000, President.  That year, his club won the Significant Achievement Award, Governor’s Award for Foundation Support, Special Membership Award, the Presidential Citation, and Muriel joined Rotary.  Both are Paul Harris Fellows and Bob is a Foundation Benefactor.


He is a member of the American Legion, has served on the Board of Appeals and is currently Chairman of the Boothbay Harbor Board of Selectmen.  He is a commercial lobsterman, and enjoys golf and collector cars.  Muriel is an avid gardener, is a past President of the Boothbay Region Garden Club, a past Board member of the State Garden Club and member of the St. Andrews Hospital Auxiliary.  Bob has two children and two grandchildren.