Robert Andrews Cleaves ’35

Robert Andrews Cleaves ’35 died on May 12, 2007, in Manchester, New Jersey.

Born on April 6, 1914, in Elizabeth, N.J., he prepared for college at Thomas Jefferson High School in Elizabeth and became a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1935, he joined the Exxon Corporation, and he spent his entire career there in the divisional marketing office and the credit department, until he retired in 1970. He served as a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1941 to 1945 during World War II. He was stationed in the China- Burma-India Theater of Operations. He was a member of the Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, N.Y., and Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield, N.J. He was married in 1941 to Grace Wright, who died in 1980, and was married again in 1987 to Lillian Sortor, who died in 1999. Surviving are a daughter, Barbara Cleaves Frey of Webster, N.Y.; two grandchildren, James Frey and Sandra Frey, both of Somerville, Mass.; and a step-grandchild, Lindsay Sortor of the Class of 2002 at Bowdoin.