Exeter, NH – Robert Fredrick Wentworth (Bob) died on September 9, 2023 in Exeter, New Hampshire. He was born and raised in Rochester, Minnesota where he attended public schools. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, majoring in Psychology, under the Navy ROTC program and served as a line officer and navigator aboard a US destroyer during the Korean War. He worked in finance for the American Telephone and Telegraph Company and its subsidiaries his entire career; he also earned a Senior Management Certificate from Dartmouth College. After retiring from AT&T, he served for over fifteen years as an independent trustee and chair of the board of First Investors Funds in New York City.
Bob‘s other board service included president of the Board of Trustees of the College of New Jersey; secretary of the Hartley Dodge Foundation; president of the Southern Vermont Arts Center in Manchester, VT; and president of the Dorset Field Club, Dorset, VT.
Bob had lived at RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community in Exeter, New Hampshire since 2005, where he served for six years as a trustee of the Riverwoods Company, and for seven years on the Resident Council. Also in Exeter, he served three terms on the town budget committee, ten years on the Southern New Hampshire Land Trust finance committee, and six years as a trustee of the Congregational Church where, in 1638, his ancestor William Wentworth founded the town of Exeter along with Reverend John Wheelwright. He is the author of two books of poetry, Memories in Poetry (2017) and Alone, But Not (2020).
His wife of over 65 years, Marilyn Lindberg Wentworth, died in April 2018. Bob is survived by his children Rand (Sue), Wendy (Richard), and William; and his four grandchildren Amanda, Avery, Alec, and Thomas.