May 1 2024

White Horse Village Celebrates Legacy of Robert J. Bruce

Distinguished resident and philanthropic leader leaves a lasting impact

Distinguished resident Robert J. Bruce

White Horse Village announces with great sadness the passing of resident Robert J. Bruce, who left behind a profound legacy in higher education and philanthropic causes across southeastern Pennsylvania. He was an esteemed member of the White Horse Village Board of Directors for six years and an exceptional leader of the White Horse Village Foundation, where he served as chair.

Known for his longstanding tenure as president emeritus of Widener University, Bruce transformed the institution from a small, regional college into a comprehensive university recognized for its academic excellence and entrepreneurial approach to higher education. His exceptional leadership and vision led to the establishment of six schools and colleges and the addition of master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Bruce, who moved to White Horse Village in 2015 with his wife Judith, brought the same commitment and expertise to his volunteer roles as a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the White Horse Village Foundation. His governance contributed significantly to establishing the foundation’s structure and ensuring a solid basis for the community’s growth and future. His primary focus was the long-term sustainability of the Resident Reserve Fund, which provides critical support to residents who face financial difficulties.

“Bob’s extraordinary contributions as a board member and leader of our charitable foundation have established a strong foundation for our community’s ongoing success. I am deeply thankful for his philanthropy and service. Working closely with him was a true privilege. His sound guidance and insights on our community and its strategic direction were invaluable when I started my role.”

Michael Shaw, President & CEO

A leader in every sense, Bruce was known for his engaging, enthusiastic, and analytical approach. He balanced openness to debate with firmness of resolve, and he always had a clear vision of what was possible. His guidance encouraged creative thinking, stimulated growth, and effected change throughout the White Horse Village community.

Bob Bruce’s dedication and commitment to the welfare and future of White Horse Village and its residents will be remembered and cherished. His legacy will continue to inspire and guide the community for years to come.

The Robert J. Bruce Memorial Scholarship has been established with the White Horse Village Foundation. Visit whitehorsevillage.org/foundation to learn more.