Robert E. Rothe, 52, real estate construction manager

July 27, 2006

Robert E. Rothe, construction manager for a Bethesda real estate business, died July 19 at the FutureCare Irvington Knolls Center of injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident in October. The Dundalk resident was 52.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Dunglow Road, he attended St. Rita parochial school and was a 1972 graduate of Dundalk High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Maryland, College Park.

He was director of operations at the Baltimore Convention Center in the 1980s and later went into property management. He managed buildings for Zurich Insurance and Coldwell Banker, and was at one time manager of One Charles Center in downtown Baltimore.

At his death, he was construction manager for First Potomac Realty Trust and supervised interior construction for its Bethesda headquarters. Last year, he established its construction management division.

"Bob was known by everyone here as the guy who could get anything done," said Amy Barker, director of human resources at First Potomac. "He helped build the company from its beginnings."

Mr. Rothe was a former president of the Grant-a-Wish Foundation and The Children's Guild.

A traveler, he made a round-the-world trip in 1986. He was also a deep-sea fisherman and played golf.

Services were held Friday in Dundalk.

Survivors include a son, Joseph E. Rothe of Perry Hall; two daughters, Kathryn Rothe of Perry Hall and Jamie Rothe Roeder of Parkville; his parents, Edward and Ethel Rothe of Dundalk; a brother, Edward William Rothe of Perry Hall; a sister, Janet Rothe Tjarks of Parkville; and a granddaughter. His marriages to Mary Jo Wortman and Janice Brownlow Bright ended in divorce. A son, Robert E. Rothe Jr., died in 1988.

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