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Robert Bennett

December 18, 1941 - March 16, 2020
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Robert “Bob” Bennett, age 78, passed away peacefully at home on March 16, 2020, surrounded by his family. Born in 1941 in Washington DC to the late John Faber Bennett and Sophie Beale Bennett, he was the beloved husband of Joan, to whom he was married for 54 years, dear brother of John Bennett (Diana),Continue Reading

Jennifer Banks (AS06) left a message on August 25, 2020:
Just received the UD Magazine and it always brings some heartbreak to see my former English professors go on to glory. It feels like yesterday, that I would be searching the class seat openings to register for a class with "Bob Bennett". The College of Arts & Science family would say his name with ease. He pushed me to my limits and then some. To his family and friends, my heartfelt condolences. To UD alumni (AS particularly) we have lost another one of our superlatives. May future professors and generations to come be just as if not greater.
Carolyn (Segal) Schnell left a message on May 14, 2020:
Condolences to Dr. Bennett's family during this difficult time. I took a class in Shakespeare with him many moons ago. I most remember the kindness and compassion he had for me, when he saw I was struggling. Carolyn Segal Schnell B.A. English '86
Dot Cannon left a message on May 13, 2020:
I'm sorry to hear of Dr. Bennett's passing. I had the pleasure of taking his English literature class in the mid-1970s and still recall the great class discussions on Paradise Lost and The Canterbury Tales. But my absolute favorite memory? One beautiful spring morning when one student suggested we have our class outside. Dr. Bennett said, "Well, I'm game," and we trooped outside where he taught our class as we sat under a huge old tree on the main mall, in the sunshine with the birds singing. What a fantastic morning; what a great teacher.
Leslie Goldstein left a message on May 13, 2020:
Dear Joan,
I am so sorry for your loss. This is the first we heard of it.
Leslie Goldstein
P.s. Phil too sends condolences. Stay safe.
Matt Kinservik left a message on May 13, 2020:
Bob was the soul of kindness, a quiet, gentle, and friendly presence in the English Department (although I've heard he could be a bit more aggressive in a race!). I always associate the running trail along White Clay Creek with Bob, which is a wonderful legacy.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
left a message on April 20, 2020:
I grew up with Robert and brother Johnny in the Cordova apt. Building. They had a beautiful two story apt with an alcove for their family piano. Father was a famous navy man whose idea saved a famous ship that was stuck on a sand bar. Mother was a southern lady that fixed us stacks of delicious pancakes. The boys went to John Quincy Adams elementary school briefly and then attended StAlbans thru high school. They had moved to Chevy Chase dc by then. Robert was a fast runner and could beat all of us in our neighborhood races even though he was the youngest of our group of kids in the building. Thought one of them had a birthday near Christmas and always got fewer presents as a result of people doubling up their gifts. I was between them in age and learned that even though they fought each other when we played, blood was thicker than water if you came between them. very sad to learn of Roberts passing so recently. Just felt like googling he and Johnny for some reason this morning. He was special and may he Rest In Peace. His friend, Bill Gaylord.
Anne Langsdorf left a message on March 26, 2020:
Sending our condolences to Joan, Miriam and all of Bob's family. He was truly a rare and special person.
Andy Urquhart left a message on March 25, 2020:
Bob was a good friend and frequent contributor to environmental initiatives in the Newark, DE area. In so doing, he made our world a better place for all of us. My sincere condolences to the Bennett family.

- Andy Urquhart, Oxford, PA, Mar 25, 2020
Tim Brooks left a message on March 25, 2020:
Bob was a wonderful faculty member, friend, nature lover and trail maintainer. But like Jack Townsend has pointed out, I could never run with him. He put me in his dust every time. All of the Carpenter Sports gang will forever miss him.
John Burmeister left a message on March 25, 2020:
Bob was one of my all-time favorite UD colleagues. While I did not share his passion for running, we were totally like-minded in our love of hiking. Heartfelt condolences to Joan and the extended Bennett family. Treasure the memories!
Bonnie Scott left a message on March 24, 2020:
Robert and Joan--dear, gentle friends. You went through the passages of young careers and young children with Tom and me. You could run forever, Bob. And you knew early on how precious and in need of protection are our wild-ish places. Well run!
Sarah Brockmann left a message on March 23, 2020:
My condolences to you, Joan, on the loss of Robert. May he rest in peace and rise in glory. You're in my thoughts.
Stephen Bernhardt left a message on March 23, 2020:
Ernest, gentle, devoted, humble. Peace to you. Robert.
Sarah Hakulin left a message on March 23, 2020:
Aaron, I met your father at yours and Sarah's wedding. He seemed like a kind and special man. So sorry for your loss.
Sarah Hakulin and family.
Bernard Kaplan left a message on March 23, 2020:
Such a good colleague for so many years. Yes, I once tried to run with him and yes he left me in the dust. Bob's combined love for family, literature and the environment says it all. Blessings to all his family.
Jerry Beasley left a message on March 23, 2020:
Bob and I arrived at the University of Delaware simultaneously, in September 1969. He was my first office mate, in the old house across South College Avenue from Memorial Hall. I knew him as a kind, gentle man, dedicated to his students, his research, and the causes he believed in. My sympathies are with Joan at this sad time, and with all of the Bennett family.
Lois Potter left a message on March 23, 2020:
What a lovely man. What an ideal colleague, so supportive and enthusiastic. He and Joan are one of my happiest memories of Delaware.
Bernard McKenna left a message on March 23, 2020:
A great man as a teacher in the '80s and then as a colleague. When I encounter Shakespeare, I hear his his voice.
William Rose left a message on March 22, 2020:
I first met Bob and Joan Bennett at St. Thomas's Episcopal Church around 1990. I quickly appreciated that Bob was a gentle soul who loved teaching at the University of Delaware and sharing with students his love of literature, especially Shakespeare.

I first raced against Bob at a 5K at St. Thomas's in October 1993. I remember it because it was my fastest 5K ever, and he beat me. My last run with him was a very nice couple of miles at the end of December 2014, at the annual Fair Hill trail event.

Bob wrote a book, Romance and Reformation: The Erasmian Spirit of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, which was published by the University of Delaware Press in 2000. The Erasmian in the title refers to the great Dutch humanist Erasmus. Like Erasmus, Bob was a scholar and a humanist. I am glad I knew him. I will miss him.
Ben Yagoda left a message on March 22, 2020:
A warm, gentle and generous colleague. Bob truly was a gentleman and a scholar.
Peace of mind is a call away. We’re here when you need us most.
Claire and Gary Dunbar left a message on March 22, 2020:
So kind, so gentle. It was a pleasure to have gotten to know this very special man.
left a message on March 22, 2020:
So gentle, so kind. It was our pleasure to have
gotten to know this special man.
Claire and Gary Dunbar
Sarah Dunbar left a message on March 22, 2020:
We will miss you Bop. We love you.

Otis and Sarah
Jack Townsend left a message on March 21, 2020:
While I could never run with Bob, he often ran with me. He helped me to my best ever 10k at mt. Lebanon church in north Wilmington. Will always have fond memories of white clay creek runs together.
RT Foard left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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