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Harley M. Roberts ’49

Published in Oct. 7, 1998, issue

Harley Roberts, a retired transportation and energy economist, died Apr. 5, 1998, at the Washington Hospital Center after heart surgery.

Harley was born in Shanghai, where his father was a college professor. He came to Princeton from Exeter, majored in history, was a waiter in Commons and a member of the JV wrestling team, the University Choir, and Terrace Club.

Harley was a corporal in the Army Medical Corps during 1946-47 in the ETO. Following graduation from Princeton in 1951, he worked for the Agency for Intl. Development, with assignments in the Middle East, Far East, and South America. He subsequently was an economics consultant to private firms in the Washington area. He earned a master's in economics from the American U. in 1970. In the mid'70s he joined the federal Dept. of Transportation and worked 19 years there until he retired in 1996.

Harley was past treasurer of the Potomac Bethesda Rotary Club and the Manna Food Center of Rockville. He taught computer classes and, as a member, set up a computerized accounting system at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Bethesda, Md.

Survivors include his wife, Leslie, children Katherine, Andrew, and Donald, a brother, Markley '51, and a sister, Mary Markley Craighill. To each of them we extend our sympathies at the loss of a distinguished '49er.

The Class of 1949

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