Robert Oliver Jacobs

December 18, 1957December 30, 2018

Robert (Bob) Oliver Jacobs passed away unexpectedly in Alexandria, Virginia on December 30, 2018 following a recent medical complication. His wife, Jennifer, was by his side. Bob was born in Birmingham, Michigan the oldest of four children. Soon after, the family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he spent the next ten years before his family finally settled in Atherton, California. There, he spent the remainder of his (rather mischievous) youth and was active in tennis, swimming and water polo. He also thoroughly loved the summers he spent as a camp counselor.

Upon graduating from Menlo-Atherton High School, Bob attended Hobart College where he also played water polo, studied German and Economics and was a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

After college graduation, Bob began his professional career with the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco and held senior sales positions with the Hyatt organization for his entire career. After many relocations throughout the years, Bob eventually settled in the Washington, D.C. area where his son Trevor was born, where he met his wife, Jennifer, and where they continued to live until his recent retirement.

Bob was curious about just about everything. He loved history, museums, theatre, music, travel, cooking and all things food. He also nurtured a strong inner child and loved nothing more than expressing it through his countless father–son adventures with his beloved Trevor, now 17.

Bob’s family, friends and colleagues are heartbroken to lose him too soon. A loving father, husband, friend and mentor to so many, all who knew Bob benefited from his sense of humor that quite simply made everyone’s days more lively.

Bob is survived by his wife, Jennifer Jellings, his son Trevor, brothers Peter (Petra) and Bill Jacobs, sister Sally Jacobs and niece Sophia. He is preceded in death by his parents, Jean Cook Jacobs and John Henry Jacobs.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the SADS Foundation at which supports adults and children with Wolf-Parkinson-White syndrome and other heart rhythm abnormalities.


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Amy Louis

January 24, 2019

Bob and I watched our sons, Trevor and Owen, grow from Pre-schoolers to high schoolers. He was such a loving parent and a terrific supporter of the people and organizations that touched his life and Trevor’s life. I always looked forward to opportunities to connect. He made the world a better place!

Dan Amato

January 17, 2019

Bob and I worked together at the Grand Hyatt Washington for several years. As the GM of the property, we had to present the hotel's results for the previous month to our Owner's. I can tell you, walking into those meetings could create a level of anxiety that none of us looked forward to. Having Bob as my wing-man during those meetings gave the ownership a sense of accomplishment, relief and success - even during the worst months. What would amaze me about Bob, is that he had a mind like a steel trap. He knew the business inside and out - and it gave all of us a level of confidence that I had never seen anywhere else in my 40 years in the business. He was truly one of a kind.....

Tim Garrett

January 7, 2019

Thank you for your trust and friendship. I will miss working with you. Tim

Myrna Harris

January 4, 2019

To Bob's family, my sincere condolences to you as you mourn your loss. When I worked with Bob, my nickname for him was "Bub". I always called him that and I would make my voice deep whenever I would call out to him, "hey Bub"! There was always crazy banter back and forth between us. Mostly him. In the photo below, goodness only knows what he said to me, while we were on a stage. Likely something funny and maybe, just maybe, something inappropriate. As I spoke to on Facebook, one of my fondest memories of Bub was when I happened to be in his office as we was getting ready to mail letters to Trevor. Trevor was a little boy at the time. I was amazed to see how much love, care and attention, and detail were a part of those letters. He was utterly consistent. I didn't read the letters. He would tell me about them. Such a jokester was also so loving and is a testimony to the fact that we all have many different aspects of our personalities to share with the world. I have never forgotten his loving gesture of writing those letters to Trevor. I appreciated seeing that side of him. Peace be with you all. I am truly sorry for your sudden loss. God Bless you and give you comfort.

Tracy Woodhead

January 3, 2019

Bob was a tremendous mentor and helped shape me and my career. He taught me a great amount and was always happy to share his knowledge. He was constantly researching clients and would know more than me about a group before I even walked into his office. I'm forever referencing him especially in contract negotiations. He gave many sales managers and clients headaches because he could argue just about any reasoning and usually got what he wanted. He was always good for a happy hour, as long as he was home in time to get a good parking spot. And you had to be ready to go to lunch when he was. I still remember our tentative meetings and how stressful or hysterical they were depending upon how prepared we were. He left an indelible mark in many lives. To his family, my sympathy and prayers. May you always remember his laugh and the happy times.

“What is true and more comforting is to know, deep in your heart, that in cherished thoughts and memories loved ones never really part.”

John Geddes

January 3, 2019

A portion of email I sent to Bob on Monday wish I would have sent on Saturday: I hope you know I think of you and use the knowledge you passed onto me on a daily basis both in work and outside of work. I hope I can share your wisdom with people I encounter. You are truly a legend and I am always proud I had the opportunity to learn from you and develop a friendship. Most people do not get that level of access person with your mind and heart.

Sandra Lopez

January 3, 2019

Words do not suffice to express the heartfelt sorrow that I feel. Wishing Bob's family strength and peace during this hard time.

"What we have once enjoyed we can never lose; all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” – Helen Keller

Elaine Barber

January 2, 2019

I worked with Bob early in my career at the Hyatt Regency Washington. I learned so much from him. He was tough, but fair. He taught me so much about this industry, doing business and being prepared. I will always be grateful to him for all I learned. His passing is a loss. My prayers go out to his family and friends.