Robert V. Hess, who turned his experience as manager of a disabled veterans thrift store into a career as a homelessness solutions expert, died of liver cancer Dec. 24 at his home in Egg Harbor Township, N.J. The former Perry Hall resident was 57.
After working in Baltimore for 25 years, he held top posts in Philadelphia and New York, where he was commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services.
Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Bernard Lawrence Hess, a city schools psychologist, and Barbara Ann Neumeister Hess, a DuPont manager. He was a 1974 graduate of Towson Catholic High School, where he played basketball, soccer and baseball.
He met his future wife, the...