Bobb, James E. Edit


Agent Type


  • 1909-09-13 – 1982-01-22 (Existence)

Name Forms

  • Bobb, James E.
  • Bobb, Jim


  • Biography/Historical Note

    James and Alma Bobb were long time residents of Hershey and active members of the community. James Bobb began his career with the Hershey Chocolate Corporation in 1927, after two years he transferred to a position with Hershey Estates working in farm management. He quickly rose up the ranks to hold the position of Vice President for Hershey Estates (1956-1968), then President and Chief Operating Officer (1968-1974). From 1966 to1973, James Bobb also served as Vice President for the Hershey Trust Company and eventually became Chairman of the Board. Alma Louise Payne Bobb was actively involved with Girl Scouts of the USA and the Association of Junior Leagues of America. During World War II, she completed courses in first aid for the American Red Cross and used her skills at the Emergency First Aid Station at Hershey Park Arena. Their son, James Woodman Bobb (Woody) was born in 1944. The Bobbs attended many Hershey events like Pennsylvania Dutch Days and the anniversary celebrations for Hershey. After retiring in 1974, James Bobb volunteered his time at Elizabethtown Hospital and the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, helping to raise money for The Four Diamonds Fund, and remained active until his death in January 1982. Alma Bobb continued to live in the Hershey area until 1988 when she relocated to New Mexico.