LONG BEACH — Robert J. Swan, a longtime advocate of light-rail transportation and self-proclaimed "public transit catalyst," died of an apparent heart attack Tuesday at City Hall, just before the council's weekly meeting.
Swan, 62, collapsed in the council chambers at about 9 a.m. Paramedics administered to Swan for about 20 minutes but were unable to revive him.
A native of Brooklyn, Swan was well-known at City Hall. He frequently appeared before the City Council to advocate his ideas about light-rail transportation. Although some city officials considered Swan a gadfly, others regarded him as knowledgeable spokesman on matters of rail transportation.
Lived on Navy Pension
For more than two decades, Swan lived on his Navy pension and devoted himself to advocating light-rail transportation systems in the Los Angeles area.