Robert P. Clagett

March 3, 1927 - June 13, 2018
Robert P. Clagett

CLAGETT, Robert Powell, age 91, of Williamsburg, Virginia, departed this life peacefully June 13, 2018, after complications from surgery. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Hood Blessing Clagett. He is survived by his two children, Bryan Clagett of Williamsburg, Virginia and Christine Clagett of Ocean Pines, Maryland, 4 grandchildren; a sister, Sue White of Maryland and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends. Bob loved his country and served in the U.S. Coast Guard at the conclusion of WWII. After military services, he graduated from the University of Maryland and he went to work for Western Electric, who sent him to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Sloan School for his Masters degree. He retired from AT&T Technologies in 1985 as a senior engineering and technology executive. That same year he became the Dean of The School of Business at the University of Rhode Island and was indoctrinated into the National Academy of Engineering. An accomplished sailor and yachtsman, he, with his wife at his side, sailed the Atlantic, Caribbean, Chesapeake, Narragansett and countless lakes and bays, taking with him incredible memories and plenty of trophies. He and his wife were avid birders and travelers, having traveled the globe, including the two poles and the seven seas.

A graveside funeral service is scheduled for Monday, June 18, at 10 in the morning, at St Paul’s Cemetery, Point of Rocks, MD. A celebration of life will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia the following week. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Center For Child & Family Services (Hampton, Virginia) or the Nature Conservancy of Virginia, in honor of Robert P. Clagett.


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  • June 15, 2018
    Deron B lit a candle:
    Lit since June 15, 2018 at 6:19:51 AM

  • June 15, 2018
    Stuart Yowell says:
    What a wonderful life...so many adventures....that is the way to live!!!!

  • June 19, 2018
    Leslie W. says:
    To family and friends, Please accept my sincere condolences. Mr. Robert was truly one of those who was blessed with special mightiness. At Psalm 90:10 The span of our life is 70 years, Or 80 if one is especially strong. Mr. Robert was one of those very special ones. May the God of all comfort give this family and friends the strength needed to get through the difficult days ahead. Till that times comes when God says all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection of life John 5:28-29. My prayers are with your family.

  • June 19, 2018
    Leslie W. says:
    To the family-friends, Please accept my sincere condolences. Mr. Robert was truly one of those who was blessed with special mightiness. At Psalm 90:10 The span of our life is 70 years, Or 80 if one is especially strong. Mr. Robert was one of those very special ones. May the God of all comfort give this family and friends the strength needed to get through the difficult days ahead. Till that times comes when God says all those in the memorial tomb will hear his voice and come out to a resurrection of life John 5:28-29. My prayers are with your family.