Robert L. Weinberg, a prominent Baltimore real estate lawyer and community activist with a deep interest in local Jewish history, died Saturday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Pikesville resident was 72.
Mr. Weinberg was to have received an award yesterday from the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland at its celebration of the 150th anniversary of the dedication of the Lloyd Street Synagogue.
A longtime trustee of the society, Mr. Weinberg also was a leader in developing the Jewish Heritage Center at 15 Lloyd St. in East Baltimore.
"He is the one most responsible for our historical society becoming more regional," said Bernard Fishman, director of the Jewish Heritage Center. "He was enormously dignified, intelligent and efficient."
The son of Leonard Weinberg, founder of the Baltimore law firm of Weinberg and Green, Robert L. Weinberg was partner emeritus of the firm, retiring in 1993 after spending most of his career specializing in real estate law.
A Baltimore native, Mr. Weinberg graduated from Park School, Baltimore City College, William & Mary College, the University of Maryland Law School and the Johns Hopkins University.
After a brief time as an assistant state attorney general in 1953, he began practicing corporate and general business law and found his niche in real estate in 1957.
He chaired land use committees for the American Bar Association and the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He was active in the city and state bar associations and the Maryland Bar Foundation.
Mr. Weinberg devoted much time to charitable work, serving as president of United Way of Central Maryland in 1977-1978. He was active in the Jewish Big Brother League, the Jewish Community Center and the National Conference of Christians and Jews, of which he was a state chairman and a national trustee.
He was on the boards of Baltimore Heritage Inc. and the Waxter Senior Citizens Center. In the 1970s and 1980s, he served several terms as a board member and officer of Levindale Hebrew Hospital and Geriatric Center and Sinai Hospital.
His avocations included a fascination with antique furniture, ceramics and book collecting. He was a member of the H. L. Mencken Society and the Baltimore Bibliophiles. He was vice president of the Maryland Historical Society for two terms in the 1970s.
His love of history was reflected in his efforts to develop the Jewish Heritage Center, said E. B. Hirsh, past president of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland and a longtime friend.
Services were scheduled for 1 p.m. today at the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.
Survivors include his wife of 11 years, the former Jan Levin; two sons, Kenneth Weinberg of Columbia and Leonard Weinberg of Baltimore; a daughter, Jan Wood of Annapolis; a stepdaughter, Stephanie Weinberg of Silver Spring; and three grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the genealogy or publications fund of the Jewish Historical Society of Maryland, 15 Lloyd St., Baltimore 21202.