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Harold C. Bott ’69

Published in Oct. 9, 1996, issue

Harold C. Bott died June 6, 1996, in Greenwich, Conn. The father of our classmate Richard H. Bott, Harold was our only honorary member. Born in East Palestine, Ohio, he graduated from Case Western Reserve U. in Cleveland in 1929. A star athlete, he earned eight varsity letters and in 1994 was elected to the CaseWestern Reserve U. Athletic Hall of Fame.

Harold's entire professional career, spanning 44 years, was spent with the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co. When he retired in 1973, he was serving as president and CEO of a Goodyear subsidiary, Vanderbilt Automotive Centers. A lt. in the Navy, Harold served in WWII both on Midway Island and at Pearl Harbor.

Among his many volunteer interests, the class and the university were best served by his remarkable commitment to heading Parent Giving for our 20th reunion in 1989. His characteristic energy and enthusiasm combined to generate the largest number of dollars ever given, at that time, by a group of parents in recognition of a reunion.

Our sympathy is extended to Harold's wife of 58 years, Eleanor Stewart Bott, and to Dick and his wife, Marian, and their daughter, Christina. The family has requested that memorial contributions be sent to the Princeton Class of '69 Annual Giving.

We will miss this special friend.

The Class of 1969

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