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Rob Kugler, 48-year volunteer with ACS, dies

​He was instrumental in helping establish our Hope Lodge in Manhattan.

It is with sadness we share with you that Robert R. Kugler, Esq., a former member of the American Cancer Society, Inc. and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Boards of Directors passed away on July 7.

Rob was a 48-year volunteer and Honorary Life Member of the American Cancer Society, serving in countless leadership roles at the local, regional, and national levels. He may be best known for his fierce passion for advocacy, including the formation and leadership of ACS CAN. As a strategic thought leader, he and his contemporaries helped set in place tobacco control, access to care, and quality of life strategies that have contributed to the steady decline in cancer mortality.

A true visionary, Rob helped eliminate smoking from public spaces in the nation’s largest city in 2002, while shortly after he and fellow leadership volunteers imagined the Hope Lodge of New York City. He generously donated countless hours of professional legal and real estate expertise and resources to make the Hope Lodge and other transactions a reality in 2007.

Rob’s leadership roles include but are not limited to President, New Jersey Board of Trustees from 1986-1987; President, Eastern Division from 2002-2004; Treasurer, ACS CAN Board of Directors in 2006; Secretary, ACS CAN Board of Directors in 2010; Secretary, ACS Inc. Board of Directors from 2011-2013; and Chair, ACS CAN Board of Directors in 2011. He received the St. George Medal of Honor in 1988, the ACS CAN Volunteer Award for Excellence in Advocacy in 2014, and the National Volunteer Leadership Award in 2015. He became an Honorary Life Member of the Society in June 2021. 

A resolution honoring Rob and his work will be presented to the American Cancer Society Board of Directors at its August meeting.

A memorial service celebrating Rob’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 10, at the Haddonfield United Methodist Church in Haddonfield, NJ. Additional information about Rob and his legacy may be found at

Rob will be missed dearly, but his legacy and the significant impact he had on our mission remain.

TOP PHOTOS: From left, Gary Reedy, Rob, Vincent DeVita, MD, John Seffrin, Scarlott Mueller, RN, MPH, and Rob. 

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