d. Feb. 19, 2014
Robert C. Bennett died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on Feb. 19, 2014. He was 82 years old.
Born in Long Branch, New Jersey, Mr. Bennett’s parents both died when he was a child and he and his brother were raised by his godmother, Elvira Houston Jones. They became a loving family of three for the rest of their lives. With her encouragement and support, Mr. Bennett obtained scholarships to both Kent School and Princeton University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree.
Following military service as a commissioned officer in the Navy, including duty as an Admiral’s Aide, he obtained a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He then joined the Overseas Division of Citibank, N.A., and began a banking career which lasted 33 1/2 years and took him on assignments to Singapore, India, Brazil, Finland and both coasts of the United States.
He married Jane Earl Davis in 1965. In the early ’70s he was appointed president of Citibank’s Edge Act entity in San Francisco. In 1979, Mr. Bennett and his family were re-assigned to San Francisco where he launched Citibank’s private banking presence in Northern California. On retirement from Citibank, he pursued a variety of art, music and computer-related courses at a local community college. He enjoyed travel, sports and was an avid jogger and skier. He did a bungee jump at the age of 67 while on a trip to New Zealand. He was an honest, thoughtful, kind and playful man, known for his fun jokes and stories. He was devoted to his wife and to his family. In April of 2000, he and his wife moved to the University Retirement Community at Davis where they have spent 14 very happy years.
At Princeton, he rowed in the 150-pound crew, was a member of the Princeton Quadrangle Club, the University Glee Club and the Varsity Lightweight Crew. He also was a member of Costco and the Stock Exchange and Banker’s Clubs in San Francisco.
Mr. Bennett is survived by his wife of 48 years, Jane Bennett; his son Robert Bennett (Merritt); daughter Sarah Bennett (Vince); grandchildren Randy, Kelly, Jordan and Damon; sister-in-laws Sally Patterson (Tom), Mary Dewart (Mac) and Jeanne Hall; and nieces Sandra and Gennifer. He was predeceased by his brother, James Cleveland Bennett and his godmother, Elvira Houston Jones.
A scattering of ashes in one of Mr. Bennett’s and his wife’s favorite parts of California and at sea will be done privately by members of his family.
Contributions in remembrance of Mr. Bennett may be made to Yolo Hospice, P.O. Box 1014, Davis, CA 95617 or to The University Retirement Community Foundation, 1515 Shasta Drive, Davis, CA 95616 or to a charity of your choice.