Robert Ingvar de Sherbinin ’45 died on March 31, 2006, in Chapel Hill, NC.
Robert Ingvar de Sherbinin ’45 died on March 31, 2006, in Chapel Hill, NC. Born on January 5, 1923, in New York City, he prepared for college at the A.B. Davis High School in Mt. Vernon, NY, and Admiral Billard Academy in New London, CT. From July of 1940 to January of 1941, he was a cadet at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in Connecticut. He entered Bowdoin in September of 1941 and became a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Navy twice during World War II, first in 1942-43 and again in 1945-46, after which he returned to Bowdoin. Following his graduation in 1948 as a member of the Class of 1945, he joined the small products division of the General Electric Company in Bridgeport, CT. In 1958, he joined Martindale-Hubbell, publishers of a law directory, and advanced in the firm, retiring in 1988 as vice president. In 1990, he moved from Chatham, NJ, to Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, NC, where he served as president of the Homeowners Association. During his retirement years he sang with the Harmony Grits and the Mini Grits, volunteer singing groups in Fearrington Village. Beginning in 1976, he was the Class of 1945’s Class Agent in Bowdoin’s Alumni Fund for a total of 30 years. He also served as 1945’s Class Secretary, as a BASIC representative for the Admissions Office, and as a capital campaign volunteer. Surviving are his wife, Betty Jane (Callan), whom he married in 1950; two daughters, Lynne de Sherbinin of Indiana, and Jan McIntosh of Pennsylvania; a brother, Michael Jacques de Sherbinin of Amherst, MA; and a grandson.