James A. Bennett, father of Darienites James and Douglas Bennett, died on May 21. He was born July 20, 1935 in Washington, D.C. to Margaret Steinmetz Bennett and Capt. Claude H. Bennett (USN), both of Philadelphia, Pa.
Mr. Bennett attended William Penn Charter School and Thayer Academy, Braintree, Mass. Upon graduation, he went to Princeton University, the great class of 1956, of which he was current Class President.
He was a member of The Ivy Club and in the Army ROTC.
Following Princeton, he joined The Philadelphia National Bank, then served four years in the Army, much of it in Augsburg, Germany. Upon returning to PNB, he worked on National accounts for over 35 years. He retired in 1996, and began to give back to his community. He was president of The Children’s Aid Society of Pennsylvania, served on the Board of the Harrison Hoxie Smith Foundation, was a Deacon of the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. At BMPC, he served as a moderator of the Deacons and on the Hunger Committee. He was a member of The Merion Cricket Club, where he served on the Board of Governors; The Gulph Mills Golf Club; and The 138 Club. A lifelong lover of sports, he played baseball and football in school. As an adult he picked up tennis, platform tennis, soccer, and golf. He enjoyed coaching and mentoring youth sports and activities. He became an avid lacrosse and soccer fan, following his children’s and grandchildren’s teams, and any game near or far.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Margaret Tryon Bennett (Margo); sons, James A. Jr. (Mary) and C. Douglas (Carol) of Darien; daughter, Karin Micheletti (Rob) of Newtown Sq, Pa., and nine grandchildren of whom he was very proud; brothers, Cmdr. Peter C. – USN, ret.(Nancy) and Claude H. III (Carol), sister, Peggy Wenzel.
Memorial donations may be made to Bryn Mawr Hospital Foundation, in honor of Jim Bennett, 130 S. Bryn Mawr Ave., Bryn Mawr PA 19010.