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Charles Harry Bentley ’35

Published in Oct. 8, 1997, issue

Harry died in St. Petersburg, Fla., Apr. 19, 1997, of congestive heart failure. He came to Princeton from Trenton H.S. and majored in economics. In 1938, Charlie (as he was called after Princeton) married Phyllis Opper, a 1935 Wellesley graduate. Phyllis died in 1984.

Charlie obtained an MBA from the U. of Chicago in 1951, and built a career in banking, retiring in 1976 from the American National Bank and Trust Co. as an administrative v.p. He served during WWII as director of personnel for the Chicago Quartermaster Depot, and in the Navy as navigator of an attack transport in the Okinawa landings.

He had many interests. In Vermont he struggled mightily to bring order to the 135-acre property where they had built a retirement home. He also had abiding interests in golf, literature, and fine arts. While in Florida they attended Elderhostels in this country and abroad.

Charlie and Phyllis had three sons, Charles A., Thomas E., and John P. Five grandchildren also remain. The class sends deepest condolences to all.

The Class of 1935

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