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Robert Kingman Lanza ’64

Published in Apr. 4, 2007, issue

We were saddened to learn of the death of Bob Lanza July 31, 2006, in Laguna Woods, Calif.

A graduate of Glen Ellen High School in suburban Chicago, Bob entered Princeton with the Class of ’59, left after two years, and served three years in the Army. No sooner had he returned to Princeton when he was recalled to active duty. Bob finally re-entered Princeton for the third time, joining 1964 for our junior and senior years.

At Princeton, Bob majored in English, was a varsity fencer, served on The Daily Princetonian, and was a member of Quad-

rangle Club. After Princeton, he worked for the Reuben H. Donnelley Co., then moved to California, where he met Mary Russell. They were married six months later. Bob worked for more than 30 years for the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co., which was later absorbed by Massachusetts Mutual.

Friends attest that Bob never wore a bigger smile than when talking about his children. He was a devout Christian. He loved his “flower ministry” in which he drove his golf cart to visit seniors who were unable to attend church, bringing them flowers and communion.

Bob died peacefully, surrounded by his family and his church family during his final days. The class extends deepest sympathy to Mary; his daughters, Katy and Sarah; his son, Bobby; and two grandchildren.

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