Remembering Robert “Bob” Tennenbaum

November 20, 2020

We are saddened to hear of the passing of Robert “Bob” Tennenbaum. The following is a statement from President & CEO Milton W. Matthews:



From all of us at Columbia Association (CA), we extend our deepest condolences to the family of Robert “Bob” Tennenbaum. As many of you know, Mr. Tennenbaum was not just a neighbor and friend, but also an integral part of Columbia’s creation. As the Chief Architect-Planner,  Mr. Tennenbaum was among those who authored the original documents that guided the development of the Columbia community, including prioritizing our natural environment. His blueprints laid the groundwork for the villages and homes here.


Along with his architectural and planning prowess, Mr. Tennenbaum was devoted to preserving the history he helped to create. The Columbia Maryland Archives proudly keeps and maintains his personal papers and a number of personal artifacts he handed over to CA’s care. We are honored to be trusted with a piece of Mr. Tennenbaum’s legacy.


In short, we wholeheartedly thank Mr. Tennenbaum for everything he did to lay the foundation for this city, and his passion for Columbia will be shared across generations for years to come.



You can read more about Mr. Tennenbaum and his life by visiting his obituary page.

Click here to browse Mr. Tennenbaum’s contributions to the Columbia Maryland Archives.


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