Friday, October 12, 2007


I am shocked and unbelievably saddened to learn of the untimely death of David Rebovich, Rider University Institute for New Jersey Politics director. I’ve known Dave for over five years and consider him a dear friend. I’ve been lucky enough to be in non-work, social situations with him too. Dave was clearly intelligent, hilariously sarcastic and a great man to be around. His political acumen was unparalleled. I learned so much from Dave. When asked about the important issues, Dave shot straight at all times regardless of what others might think. I saw Dave last week. When coming to the State House to attend a press conference or meeting, he had a habit of, “hiding out,” (his words, not mine) in my office. Dave would grab a bottle of water from the refrigerator, sit on my couch and shoot the breeze with me until it was time for him to get where he needed to be. That’s what he did last week. I’ll miss those talks. I’ll miss his sense of humor. I’ll miss my friend. Dave used to end all of our conversations by saying, “Kev, I love you like brother.” He probably said that to a lot of people so, for myself and anybody else he ever said that to, I say, “Dave, right back at you.” Rest in Peace my good friend.


Danielle Pinkston said...

I am a Rider alumni, political science major class of 2006. Dr. Rebovich (or "Reb" as we would call him) was my academic advisor, but went above and beyond the call of duty by becoming my friend and mentor. I took a class with him almost every semester from the time I was a Sophomore, and every time I hit a snag or faced a new challenge in my academic career he was always there to help me out. I am now a second year law student facing new challenges in the legal world, and just a few weeks ago Reb was there for me again by serving as a reference. When my new employer called to offer me the position, he specifically mentioned the wonderful things that Reb had to say about me. Once again, he was there during a time of doubt and insecurity to help me out. Thanks Reb. I'm going to miss you, your crazy comments, and our talks about the "West Wing."
"Who's to say where the wind will take you, I know that this is not goodbye." - U2

Anonymous said...

that was one of the best tributes to rebovitch i've read

Anonymous said...

He was a great man and one of the best teacher I had.
Being part of his last lecture was an honor.
But he had so much more left to teach us all: Students and voters!!
We'll miss you Dr. Reb!!!