PISCATAWAY, NJ - Former Rutgers football player Bert R. Manhoff died on Sunday, July 10, at age 84. Manhoff, of Livingston, NJ, graduated from Rutgers in 1948, and was a two-year letterman for the Scarlet Knights in 1945-46. During that time, he helped the Scarlet Knights to a combined 12-4 record.
Manhoff’s service to his alma mater continued well beyond his days as an undergraduate. An active volunteer in the Rutgers Alumni Association, he served as president of the RAA in 1977-78. Manhoff also served on the Rutgers’ Board of Trustees. He was the recipient of the Alumni Meritorious Service Award, and the Loyal Son of Rutgers award, recognizing his service to Rutgers.
“I was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Bert Manhoff, who was one of the most ardent followers of our program,” said Rutgers Director of Athletics Bob Mulcahy. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.”
An Army veteran who served in World War II, Manhoff later taught and coached at East Side High School in Newark, and Parsippany Hills High School. He was also a guidance counselor at Sussex County College before retirement.
Manhoff served as president of the National Football Foundation’s Essex County chapter in 1982, and in 2000, that group recognized him with the Distinguished Coaching Award. He received the Distinguished Retired Coach award in 1979 from the Essex County Coaches Association.
Surviving are his wife, Florence; sons, Scott and Rabbi Harry Manhoff, and seven grandchildren. A service for Manhoff will be at noon on Tuesday, July 12, in Congregation Bnai Jeshurun, 1025 South Orange Ave., Short Hills.