Is Robert Henry Katz Still Alive? Barbara Walters’ First Husband

By mridushaPublished on: December 20, 2023 Updated on: December 20, 2023
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Robert Henry Katz was the ex-husband of Barbara Walters, a late American broadcast journalist and TV personality. His late spouse Barbara died in late 2022. Ever since her passing, everyone is curious to know if Robert is still alive or dead.

Here are some hidden details about him in the article below!

Robert Henry Katz Is Dead Now

Unfortunately, Robert is no longer alive in this world. He passed away on 28 August 2005, in New York, New York County. At the time of his passing, Katz was 85 years of age. Henry fortunately didn’t die of any illness but his old age. His burial took place in Sharon Gardens Cemetery, Valhalla, Westchester County, New York.

He is survived by his daughters, grandchildren, and nephews.

Robert Katz was the youngest son

Born on 20 May 1920, in New York City, New York, Robert was the youngest son of Bessie Steinhaus Katz and Ira G Katz. Both of his parents are also dead now. His mother Bessie, born in 1895, died in 1922. In fact, at the time of his mother’s death, Robert was only two years old. His father Ira, born in 1890 passed away in 1965.

Robert Henry Katz smiling at the camera
Robert lived a content life until his death

His dad Ira later re-married Francais Mary Palais Katz in 1926. He also had a brother named Arnold Gilbert Katz. He, however, passed away in 1999, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles County. Robert died at 84.

His father was a notable person in the community

Robert’s father, Ira G Katz was a neighbor everybody liked. He was a member of Temple Israel of Greater Miami. Ira G. was an alumnus of New York College and graduated in 1910. Later in his life, Katz also became a philanthropist and a clubman. He was on the Board of Governors of Infant and Children’s Wear.

Katz also had Half- siblings

He had two half-siblings from his dad’s multiple marriages. His dad Ira after his first wife’s death went on to marry a woman named Frances Mary Palais Katz in 1926. They had a child, Conrad J. Palais. As per sources, Ira was later married to Gertrude D. With whom, the late social worker had two siblings, Joan Samler and Judith Nathan.

Robert was a student at the University of Pennsylvania 

He attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He later received a Bachelor of Science with a major in Economics.

Henry Katz was a Navy officer 

Yes, you heard that right! Robert was an all-rounder. He served on the European and Asian continents as a Lieutenant in the US Navy during World War II. For his service, the late Navy veteran was awarded the WWII Victory Medal while stationed on the USS Carmick and the USS Macomb.

In addition to that, Katz was a business executive.

Robert Henry Katz was once married to Barbara Walters

Robert and Barbara married on 20th June 1995. Their lavish wedding ceremony was held at The Plaza Hotel in New York City. They reportedly met on a blind date sometime before their marriage. At the time of their marriage, Barbara was 26 years old and her career had yet to take off.

Barbara Walters Young and Robert married in New York City.
Barbara married 1 more time after her separation with Robert

In fact, it was the first marriage for both of them. Despite their initial romance, their marriage was declared invalid, eleven months after their nuptial in 1957.

His Ex Barbara Walters was a successful journalist 

Barbara Jill Walters was an American broadcast journalist and television personality. She hosted several high-profile television shows, including The View, ABC Evening News, and Today.

In December 2015, the late famous on-air personality had her final on-air interview with the former US President, Donald Trump for ABC News.

Robert and Barbara moved on and married someone else 

Barbara had moved on from their relationship and for the second time married Lee Guber. Walters wed Guber, a producer and theater owner on December 8, 1963. In 1968, they welcomed their lone child into their family—a girl named Jacqueline Dena Guber.

Her former husband Robert, on the other hand, got married to a woman named Rita Kupsick. They wed in 1960. However, like him, his second wife is also dead now who passed away on April 10, 2021, at Southampton Hospital.

Reports say they had two daughters Jody and Gabriella.

Robert Henry Katz’s Ex-Wife Barbara Died in December 2022

Unfortunately, Katz’s first spouse Barbara Walters passed away on 30th December 2022. She was 93 years old at the time of her passing. Before her death, the veteran TV personality was diagnosed with dementia. Gratefully, her last words were, “No regrets – I had a great life.”

Over a decade before her death, Barbara also had an open-heart operation to replace a faulty aortic valve.