PALM BEACH, Florida, Sept. 28, 2017–Stanley M. Rumbough, a larger-than-life World War II decorated fighter pilot, entrepreneur, political organizer, prominent in America’s social scene and the husband of Florida equestrian doyenne Janne Rumbough, died Wednesday at his Palm Beach home at the age of 97.
Janne and Stanley were married for 27 years and lived in Palm Beach.
The Danish-born Janne rode and trained her horses at the farm named by her husband, MTICA (More Than I Can Afford) in Wellington, 16 miles/25 km from her home She worked with Wellington-based Mikala Münter who rode My Lady for Denmark at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, World Cup Finals in 2014 and 2015 and European Championships in 2015. Janne had bought the Danish Warmblood mare as a prospect for herself
Stan played a major role in Janne’s equestrian goals.
Janne, a founder and major supporter of dressage shows in Palm Beach County, went to Spain more than 20 years ago to look at the Spanish stallion, Gaucho III, as a prospect. She returned home and told Stan the horse was too expensive.
“Before you know it, Stan bought the horse for me as a surprise,” Janne recalled later. “He is the most wonderful man.”
She competed Gaucho to Grand Prix. Among his progeny was Junior, a horse that Janne trained and competes at CDI Grand Prix. In 2014 she won the U.S. Dressage Finals Grand Prix Freestyle Adult Amateur Championship.
Janne, 73 years old, rides daily and competes in CDIs at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington.
Stanley Maddox Rumbough, Jr. was born in New York City, in 1920, the son of Lt. Col. Stanley Maddox Rumbough and Elizabeth Morse Colgate, the great grand-daughter of William Colgate, founder of Colgate-Palmolive.
He went to Yale University where he was editor of a campus humor magazine.
He served in the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot in the Pacific theater in World War II and was awarded two flying crosses and eight air medals. He later worked for a manufacturing companies.
He was also interested in Republican politics and in 1951 co-founded the “Citizens for Eisenhower” movement to help develop grass roots support for the presidential campaign of Dwight D. Eisenhower. After Eisenhower became president, Stan became a special assistant in the White House.