Hon. Robert John Leith (Bob)
Consulado de Georgia
Bob was born in Boston and had the great fortune of spending his eight years of grammar school at the Colegio de San Agustin in San Juan, Puerto Rico under the teachings of the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Redemptorist Gathers. He therefore is completely bi-lingual mastering both the English and Spanish languages.
After serving four years in World War 2, in the U.S. Coast Guard, two of them on sea duty, receiving an Honorable Discharge in October 1945 in New York City. He returned to San Juan and commenced his long maritime commercial career with the Waterman Steamship Corp.
In 1954 he formed the Bob Leith Trucking Co., that later was the basis of the formation of TMT Trailer Ferry Company of Miami and the pioneers of the roll on roll off transportation system of shipping from the USA to and from Puerto Rico using tugs and barges hauling cargo laden trailers thus eliminating the break bulk shipments and their pilferage and damaging aspects.
A longtime sports enthusiast he owned the San Juan Senators Baseball Club and had his longtime friend Roberto Clemente in right field when they won the League Championship in 1961 and represented Puerto Rico in the Caribbean World Series. He founded the Hall of Fame of Sports in PR in 1958 and still is its President with the Museum and Library at the Sixto Escobar Stadium in Puerta de Tierra in Old San Juan.
A former President of the Chamber of Commerce of Puerto Rico, he is a lifetime member of the Rotary Club and still very active with the PR Shipping Association that he co-founded 45 years ago.
He has been an Honorary Council of Georgia since 1998 and was Dean of the Consular Corps of Puerto Rico from 2002 to 2004. He was married to the late Barry Perez and has three children, three grandchildren and one great-grandson.