NRHA Statement on Passing of Commissioner Robert Soble

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Jenn White Moore

For Immediate Release
Release Date: 
Fri, 01/08/2016

Norfolk, VA (January 7, 2016)The Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority (NRHA) released the following statement on the unexpected passing of Robert Soble, a dedicated Commissioner on the NRHA Board. Funeral arrangements are currently pending.

Mr. Soble was President and Owner of Pottery Art Studio and was appointed to the NRHA Board of Commissioners by City Council in April 2004. Mr. Soble has served on dozens of other local boards and committees. He was formerly Vice Chairman of Norfolk’s Industrial Development Authority. Mr. Soble helped to establish Harborfest, Festevents and Virginia Stage Company. Mr. Soble was Senior Vice President of the Virginia Zoological Society; where he chaired the Fan Fair of Virginia orchestra group. He served as advisor to Festevents, was Chairman of Zoo-to-Do and served on the 10th Anniversary of Scope Commission. Mr. Soble has also been a board member of the City’s Economic Development Authority, Virginia Symphony, Arthritis Foundation and Cultural Alliance of Hampton Roads.

In addition to the serving on numerous boards, Mr. Soble has also worked on committees for OpSail 2000, Holidays in the City, Virginia Opera Ball, Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters and many other organizations.

As an NRHA Commissioner, Mr. Soble engaged on many NRHA projects including Broad Creek and East Beach, the two largest redevelopment projects in Norfolk’s history, as well as Old Dominion University (ODU) Village and many other redevelopment projects in neighborhoods citywide.


“Robert Soble has served NRHA well for almost 12 years and will be greatly missed.  His love for the city of Norfolk will leave a long standing legacy with the authority,” said NRHA Executive Director, John Kownack, “he was always a stalwart advocate for the residents of our communities and as well as our employees. On behalf of NRHA, I send condolences and prayers to his family.”

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Founded in 1940, NRHA is a national leader in community revitalization and fostering sustainable mixed-income communities.  As the largest redevelopment and housing authority in Virginia, NRHA is an important driver of the local economy.

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