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Robert Bennett Congleton ’46

Published in Sept. 14, 2005, issue

Bob died March 29, 2005, of heart failure at his home in Lexington, Ky.

He came to Princeton in1943 after Darlington School in Rome, Ga., and the University of Kentucky. Soon drafted into the Navy, he served in the amphibious corps, surviving a typhoon in Okinawa. He returned to Princeton in 1945, married Marian Harris, and graduated in 1948 with a degree in economics. Entering the family lumber and construction business in Lexington, he soon co-founded Congleton-Hacker, a general contracting business,that did projects throughout the state. He also engaged in a prestressed concrete enterprise.

Bob owned and operated a thoroughbred horse breeding and boarding farm, serving as director of the Kentucky Horse Park Foundation. Tennis and piano playing were his prime hobbies.

Bob is survived by Marian, his wife of 57 years, daughter Barbara, son John, and four grandchildren. He leaves a legacy of constructive business and family care. To his family, the class expresses its sympathy.

The Class of 1946

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