Robert Milton Leckburg, of Piscataway, New Jersey, was on a business trip to England for his company, Egan Machine Division, John Brown, Inc., of London, England. He worked at the company's office in Somerville, New Jersey. Robert leaves his parents, Robert and Norma of Cold Spring, New Jersey; and both maternal and paternal grandmothers. His father Robert passed away in 2000. Born in Cape May Courthouse, he was a 1977 graduate of Lower Cape May Regional High School in Erma, New Jersey, where he was a member of the National Honor Society and also played on the football and track teams. He received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering and his Master's degree in Science Management from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey.
He went to work for Brown in 1981 as a product engineer and was promoted in 1986 to product manager, the youngest person in the history of the company to hold that position.