Eleanor Grace Bennett (née Mayo), BA’45

Eleanor Grace Bennett of Rye, NY, passed away on January 31, 2014, in Greenwich, CT, surrounded by her daughters and her dear aide, who held her hands as she prepared for her final journey. Eleanor was born on February 25, 1925, in Victoria to Albert and Grace Mayo. She graduated from UBC in 1945 with a BA in physics, followed by a master’s in 1947. After graduation, she worked for the National Research Council in Ottawa in the field of optics and co‑authored a number of papers in that field. Eleanor married Reginald B. Bennett, BASc’42, MASc’45, on September 15, 1951, in Vancouver. Upon their marriage, the couple moved to Bahrain, where Reg was employed at the BAPCO oil refinery. Their first daughter, Eileen, was born there. Circumstances led them back to North America in 1957 and they eventually settled in the New York City area, where Eleanor was a devoted wife to Reg and a devoted mother to her two daughters. Upon Reg’s retirement in 1982, the couple enjoying travelling, visiting (among other places) Russia, China, Australia, Norway, Egypt, and Chile. Reg passed away on January 13, 2011, after 59 years of marriage. Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Eileen (Bill) Colleary and Anne (Michael) Long; seven grandchildren: Michael (Kim), James (Katie), Shannon and Thomas Colleary, Candice, Charles and Melanie Long, and great‑granddaughter Aibhlin Colleary.

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