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Robert Wirth Sargent ’46

Published in Mar. 20, 1996, issue

The class recently learned that Bob Sargent died June 17, 1994, at his home in Windsor, Vt. Bob prepared at the Peddie School. He joined the Army in July 1943, and during the Battle of the Bulge, he was awarded the Bronze Star "for courage and fortitude in the face of devastating enemy fire." He returned to Princeton in 1946 with his new wife, Graziella, a French nurse whom he had met during the occupation. The couple moved into the Old Polo Field veterans housing. Bob majored in economics, was a member of Cottage Club, and graduated in 1948.

Bob turned his senior thesis topic, "The Economics of Solid Waste Disposal," into a lifetime career. He worked for the family firm, the Sargent Co., until it merged with Zum Industries in 1968. He became v.p. of the Sargent Division, eventually becoming the New England sales manager and a special consultant. Later Bob took up farming in Vermont, while enjoying the sports there and flying his Bonanza.

Bob's wife, Grazie, died in 1984 of cancer, but he leaves his second wife and two children, Felicity Anne and Marc. Bob attended our 40th and various New England mini-reunions. We will miss him and send our deep sympathy to his family. The class has lost a firm friend and loyal member.

The Class of 1946

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