The Honorable Judge Herbert S. Jacobs died suddenly in his home in Ventnor, N.J., on July 8, 1978. Herb was Atlantic County District Court Judge for 14 years.
A native of Atlantic City, Judge Jacobs was the youngest judge and the second black judge to be appointed in New Jersey. As district court judge, he presided over juvenile and domestic relations court, as well as small claims court. His work in juvenile court earned him the admiration of people throughout the county and the state. Herb was a graduate of Atlantic City High School and he earned his law degree at the New York University School of Law following his graduation from Dartmouth. He was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 1958 and was an assistant U.S. Attorney for New Jersey from 1961 until his Atlantic County appointment in 1964. Herb’s distinguished career is attested to by his many colleagues who held him in such high regard.
"He was a fine judge who will be sorely missed by the judiciary and on a personal basis,” said state Supreme Court Justice Richard J. Hughes, who as governor appointed Jacobs to the county beach in 1964. “I was always very proud of that appointment. We will surely miss this man."
Herb was active outside the courtroom in confronting problems in juvenile justice as chairman of the state Committee for Juvenile Delinquents. He traveled and studied extensively in a constant effort to make the county juvenile system more fair and efficient. He also had been an instructor at judicial colleges in Denver and Reno, Nev. Herb was a distinguished jurist who brought honor to himself, his Class, and his College.
He is survived by his former wife, Ethelyn Harris Jacobs, two daughters, and four sons. The Class offers its condolences to his family.