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E. Bronson Ingram II ’53

Published in Sept. 13, 1995, issue

Bronson Ingram died June 15, 1995 in Nashville after a long illness.

He was as competitive matching wits in boardrooms with captains of industry as he was some 40 years earlier matching strokes on the golf course with varsity linksmen and Tiger Inn clubmates Frank Rhodes and Arch Voris.

Born in St. Paul, Minn. Bronson attended Phillips Academy and Montgomery Bell Academy. He transferred from Vanderbilt his sophomore year. Bronson majored in English, belonged to the Republican Club, and roomed with Dick Strassner, Bob Cowen '52, and Joe Masi '52.

After serving two years in the Navy and coming out as a lt. j.g., he married Martha Rivers, a 1957 Vassar graduate from Charleston, S.C. Settling in Nashville, the Ingrams gave generously of themselves to community activities. The Associated Press said that Bronson, head of Ingram Industries, Inc., "parlayed a family oil and barge business into one of the nation's largest privately held companies."

We extend sympathy to his wife, Martha; sons, Orrin Henry, John Rivers '84, and David Bronson; daughter, Robin Ingram Patton; brother, Frederic B. '52; and sisters, Alice Ingram Stoker and Patricia Ingram Hart.

The Class of 1953

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