Robert Fleischer, industrial manager, dies at 90

January 25
Robert Fleischer
industrial manager

Robert Fleischer, a former industrial manager with Ecolab, the Minnesota-based provider of cleaning, maintenance, hospitality and other services, died Dec. 26 at his home in Plymouth Meeting, Pa. He was 90.

The cause was congestive heart failure, said his daughter Andrea Fleischer. He was a longtime Washington resident and moved to Pennsylvania in 2008.

Mr. Fleischer joined Ecolab in the 1970s and settled around the same time in the Washington area. He traveled widely for his work and specialized in the management of commercial laundry and linen supply facilities. He retired in the 1980s.

Robert Frederick Fleischer was born in Yonkers, N.Y., and served in the Army in Europe during World War II. His military decorations included the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

He graduated from New York University’s Stern School of Business in 1950 and managed laundry facilities across the country before joining Ecolab.

For decades, Mr. Fleischer volunteered with D.C. Public Schools, the Library of Congress and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival.

His wife of 60 years, Muriel Berkowitz Fleischer, died in 2008. Survivors include three daughters, Andrea Fleischer and Stacey Fleischer, both of New York City, and Jody Miller of Plymouth Meeting; three sisters; a brother; and four grandchildren.

— Emily Langer

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