The following is a portion from a beautiful write-up of Bob’s life in the Sun Times, linked in full below.
Chicago journalism is famous for bulldog reporters who rake muck for the public good.
Robert J. Herguth had a different approach. His gentle demeanor and lighthearted, pun-filled way of viewing the world made interview subjects open up to him. Readers looked forward to the hard-hitting stories in the newspapers, but when they turned the page to “Hergie,” they felt like they were visiting a friend.
He died Wednesday at an assisted living facility in Portland, where he’d moved to be closer to his daughter Jeni. Mr. Herguth, a journalist for the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Daily News, was 93.
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