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Edmund T. Bennett 79.

HOLDEN - Edmund T. Bennett, 79, of Holden died on Friday, January 20, 2012 after a long illness. A memorial service celebrating his life will take place at 1:00 pm on Friday, April 13, 2012 at First Baptist Church, 111 Park Ave, Worcester MA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Andover Newton Theological School, 210 Herrick Road, Newton Center, MA 02459 or to Wilbraham Monson Academy, Development Office, 423 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095, in memory of Edmund Bennett '50.

Mr. Bennett was born on June 18, 1932 in Worcester, a son of the late Charles A. Bennett and Margaret T. Bennett. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Betty (Prensner) Bennett and by his four children, Susan B. Gustafson of Oxford, MA, Rev. Richard T. Bennett of Olmsted Falls, OH, James W. Bennett of New Lebanon, NY, and David T. Bennett of Laconia, NH and by his twelve grandchildren.

Mr. Bennett graduated from Wilbraham Monson Academy in 1950, Babson College, summa cum laude, with a B.S. in Economics in 1957, attended The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and became a Chartered Financial Analyst in 1966. He graduated from the Defense Language Institute fluent in Russian and was a Sergeant in the U.S. Army Intelligence Security Command from 1952-1955.

Upon completion of his college degree, Mr. Bennett worked at Oil Statistics Company from 1957-1961 as Senior Analyst and Editor of an investment advisory publication specializing in energy securities. He spent 25 years from 1961-1986 at Hanover Insurance Group (formerly State Mutual Life Assurance Company) a financial services company focused on insurance and investment products, where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer. From 1987-1991 he was Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer at Trillium Asset Management, an investment advisor specializing in socially responsible investing. In 1991 he formed Bennett Consulting Inc. and was an independent investment consultant registered with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts until his retirement.

His professional associations included being a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research, member of Boston Security Analysts Society, member of the Social Investment Forum, Chair of Investment Section of the American Council of Life Insurance, and a member of the Social Responsibility Investment Technical Advisory Group and the Center of Corporate Public Involvement of the American Council of Life Insurance.

Actively involved in Christian and community activities, Mr. Bennett was a dedicated member of and served in a variety of leadership positions at First Baptist Church, Worcester MA; member of the General Board of the American Baptist Churches USA; Director of the American Baptist Churches of Massachusetts, the American Baptist Foundation and the American Baptist Home Mission Society. He traveled to South Africa with World Vision and to Guatemala with Habitat for Humanity. He was a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee at Andover Newton Theological School, chair and trustee at UMass Memorial Medical Center, member of the Investment Committee of the YMCA of Greater Worcester, member and Director of the Worcester Business Development Corporation, Director of the Worcester Community Housing Resources, Inc. In his later years, he served as Chair and Trustee for the Town of Holden Infrastructure Investment Fund and Chair and Director of the Town of Holden Water/Sewer Advisory Board.

Arrangements are provided by Caswell-King Funeral Home, 474 Grove Street, Worcester, MA 01605.

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Title Annotation:DEATHS
Publication:Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, MA)
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:1U1MA
Date:Feb 1, 2012
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