Robert R. Mott of Kent, CT, passed away Friday August 4, 2017 in Canaan, CT, at the age of 94.
He was born September 19, 1922 in Bridgeport, CT, son of the late Gilbert H.L. and Edla (Culver) Mott. A graduate of Central High School in 1940, he earned a BS in business and engineering administration from M.I.T. in 1948 and an MS in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin in 1962. He served in the United States Army Air Force from 1943 to 1945, earning his wings as a navigator and second lieutenant in March 1945. He worked for the Fafnir Bearing Company in New Britain, CT, primarily in advertising and sales promotion from1948 to 1951 in which year he started his teaching career as a mathematics instructor at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. In 1953 he assumed a similar position at Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME, becoming the Chairman of the Mathematics Department in 1957. In 1964 he became an instructor of mathematics in Kent, CT and continued to teach while serving in various administrative capacities: Director of Studies, Boys from 1968, Chairman of the Academic Committee,Boys from 1970 to 1985, and Secretary of Faculty and of the Cum Laude Chapter from 1982 to 1988, and Advanced Placement Coordinator from 1969 to 1988. In 1985 he was appointed Assistant to the Head Master which position he held until his retirement in 2003.
His professional affiliations included the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine, the Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
He was an active member of the First Congregational Church of Kent, CT. He was a member of the Kent Planning and Zoning Commission from 1977 to 1990 and for several years, a member of the Kent Republican Town Committee. He served on the Board of Directors of the Kent Village Housing for the Elderly for a number of years.
He is survived by a sister in law, Charlotte Mott of Queensbury, NY, several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by his sister Grace Mott Hackett of Stratford, CT, and brothers Willard S. Mott of Queensbury, NY and Gilbert C. Mott of Fairfield, CT.
A graveside service will take place on Saturday August 12, 2017 at 11:00 am at Mountain Grove Cemetery in Bridgeport, CT.
Contributions in his memory may be made to: Kent Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2006, Kent, CT 06757: Hebron Academy, Hebron, ME 04238: First Congregational Church, P.O. Box 306, Kent, CT 06757: Olivet Congregational Church, 2102 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06606 or the Kent Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 355, Kent, CT 06757.
Arrangements by the Lillis funeral Home, 58 Bridge Street, New Milford, CT.
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