Robert D. Bender 1977 Naval graduate

December 02, 1990

Services for Robert D. Bender, manager of strategic planning for Martin Marietta Aero and Naval Systems in Baltimore, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the U.S. Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis.

Mr. Bender, who was 35, died suddenly Wednesday at his home in Arnold.

Born in Richmond, Va., and raised in Bowmansville, Pa., Mr. Bender graduated from Garden Spot High School in Pennsylvania and was a 1977 graduate of the Naval Academy.

Mr. Bender had been employed by Martin Marietta Corp. for the past five years. Two years ago, he received the Jefferson Cup Award, one of the highest corporate awards honoring individual achievement.

He had previously served six years' active duty as a naval officer in San Diego and Pearl Harbor and as an instructor at the Naval Academy. He had also worked for Westinghouse Electric Corp. in Arlington, Va.

Mr. Bender served seven years as a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve in Washington, D.C. He was a member of the U.S. Navy League and served on its board of directors.

He was an avid outdoorsman and excelled in athletics. He was a three-letter athlete in high school and played soccer and ran track at the Naval Academy. He also enjoyed fishing, boating, skiing and racquetball.

Mr. Bender is survived by a son, David K. Bender, and a daughter, Jamie L. Bender, both of Severna Park; his mother and father, Robert R. and Elizabeth Bender of Vero Beach, Fla.; a brother, William Bender of Winchester, Va.; three sisters, Linda McMillan of Chantilly, Va., Deborah Ball of Pompano Beach, Fla. and Donna Sansone of Pennsylvania; and his grandmother, Christine Roscoe of Seaside, N.J.

Mr. Bender will be buried with honors at the Naval Academy immediately following the services. The family suggested donations to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation or the Johns Hopkins University Children's Hospital.

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