Ralph J. Roberts, a past recipient of the Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership from the Fox School of Business, died June 18 in Philadelphia. He was 95.
He was a businessman and cable pioneer who co-founded the Comcast Corporation, serving as its chairman and chief executive.
In 1963, Mr. Roberts purchased a 1,200-subscriber cable provider in Mississippi and turned his investment into the Philadelphia-based Comcast Corporation, the largest cable company and Internet provider in the U.S. The company now serves more than 27 million customers and generated nearly $70 billion in revenue in 2014.
Brian L. Roberts succeeded his father as president of Comcast in 1990. In retirement, Mr. Roberts served as Chairman Emeritus of Comcast’s Board of Directors.
Mr. Roberts received the 2005 Musser Award for Excellence in Leadership, the highest honor conferred by Temple University’s Fox School of Business, recognizing outstanding achievement, leadership and commitment to the community by a distinguished member of industry.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of Ralph’s passing,” said Dr. M. Moshe Porat, Dean of the Fox School. “Ralph was an entrepreneur in the truest sense, looking for business opportunities everywhere he could. Ultimately, he built a company that forever changed the way we view television. Ralph was a great man, an industry trailblazer and a philanthropist who will be greatly missed. His family and friends are in my thoughts.”
“Ralph was a remarkable man who touched the lives of so many people. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and, perhaps most importantly, a kind and humble human being,” the Roberts family said in a statement. “He will always be remembered for his generosity, integrity, honesty, kindness and respect for everyone around him. He was an inspiration to us all, and we will miss him greatly.”