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Conrad James Balentine ’40

Published in Dec. 14, 2005, issue

Bal died Sept. 8, 2005.

Bal, or Connie, as his teammates knew him, prepared at Blair Academy. He graduated from Princeton with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. He distinguished himself in football and was named All-Ivy League and All-American.

After serving in several managerial positions at General Electric from 1940 to 1961, he came to Franklin Electric of Canada in Bluffton, Ind., as a vice president of engineering and manufacturing. He went on to become president, CEO, and chairman of the board.

Bal was active in a number of technical and industry associations, writing technical papers and receiving patents. He also served on the boards of Lincoln National Bank and Caylor-Nickel Research Foundation, and was listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Bluffton. Golf was his sport of later years and photography his hobby.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, the former Margaret Holohan; two daughters, Catherine Balentine-Mueller and Anne Margaret Balentine; and six grandchildren. Bal's classmates extend their sincere sympathy to his family.

The Class of 1940

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