J. Kent '34 | Frederic
Cassidy '30 | Tom
Linehan | William
J. Kent '34
J. Kent had served the College for many years as a member of the
Board of Trustees. A gifted student, he graduated from Oberlin magna
cum laude in 1934 as a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated from
Columbia University with a law degree in 1937. He entered a law
firm in 1941, but during World War II was called upon to serve with
the 1st Air Division, stationed in England, as an attorney in the
Judge Advocate General's office. He ended his military career in
1946 with the rank of major and returned to the practice of law.
In 1950 he joined the Bethlehem Steel Corporation and was president
of its railroad subsidiaries. He retired in 1974.
to his alma mater for the career success he had achieved, Mr. Kent
gave generously to Oberlin College. Known for his exuberant love
of life--especially good food, nature, and the arts, his charm and
infectious sense of humor endeared him to many and won him long-lasting
friends. Mr. Kent died after a prolonged illness at age 87 on June
8, 2000, in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is survived by his second
wife, Eone Goodenough Harger '33; two daughters, including Suzanne
Kent '70; and a son, Richard Kellogg Kent '75.