Robert D. Bagley ’66

Robert D. Bagley ’66 died on March 13, 2022, in Irving, Texas

(The following was provided by his family on March 13, 2022)

Robert Dexter Bagley (Bob), age 77, of Irving, Texas, died on March 13, 2022, after a short battle with cancer.

He was the son of Henry Dexter Bagley and Barbara Jean Harries Bagley, who pre-deceased him. He grew up in Wethersfield, CT, where he attended First Church Congregational. In his youth, he played little league baseball and soccer and was a lifeguard for the town of Wethersfield. Bob graduated from Wethersfield High School in 1962, obtained his bachelor’s degree from Bowdoin College in 1966, and received his MBA from Rutgers University in 1967. After serving in the U.S. Army, he went to work for Arthur Young, now Ernst & Young, as a CPA. One of his first responsibilities at Arthur Young dealt with establishing controls for the brand new Off Track Betting system. His next career move was to American Airlines where he would stay for thirty years until his retirement in 2003. Bob worked in various areas of American, including Americana Hotels, then a subsidiary of American, where he met his wife. His last position was general auditor for American. For almost forty years, he served on the supervisory committee of American Airlines Federal Credit Union. He also enjoyed a thirty-year relationship with the Airline Reporting Corporation (ARC), serving as Chairman of the Audit Committee for the past ten years.

Bob enjoyed playing golf in the early years with his dad and then with his many friends, including courses at St. Andrews, Scotland, and Pebble Beach, California. He also enjoyed traveling, especially cruising, and took many wonderful trips with his wife and friends. One of the highlights was a transatlantic cruise on the Queen Mary II. He loved wearing a tux and a bow tie. He also had a fondness for Cape Cod, and for over thirty-five years would travel there annually to spend time with family and friends.

Bob is survived by his wife, Carol Nan Hess; his twin sisters, Susan Saunders (Wayne),  of Irvington, VA, and Sally Lewis (Seth), of Somers, NY; his two nephews, Kevin Lewis and Brian Lewis (Danielle); as well as three great-nieces and one great-nephew.

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