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Edward E. Banta

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MANCHESTER CENTER -- Dr. Edward E. “Ned” Banta, 86, a former resident of Red Bank, N.J. and more recently of Manchester Center, died Tuesday, May 17, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington.

Born in Hackensack, N.J. July 23, 1918, he was the son of the late H. Raymond and Adele (Essertier) Banta. He received his early education in Bogota, N.J. and was a 1936 graduate of Bogota High School. A 1940 graduate of Dartmouth College and a graduate of NYU Medical School, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving his internship at the Newport Naval Hospital and completing his duty as a medical officer on troop transports, the USS Europa and the USS Monticello. He made 16 crossings of northern Atlantic waters during very dangerous times.

Following the end of the war, Dr. Banta returned to Red Bank, where he had a private practice in general medicine for the next 27 years. A former president of the medical staff at Riverview Medical Center, he was instrumental in establishing the first cardiac care unit at Riverview and in influencing the decision to keep the hospital in Red Bank.

Following his retirement from private practice, Dr. Banta served as assistant medical director for the Squibb Pharmaceutical Company in Lawrenceville, N.J.

He also was employed as a drug consultant by the J. Walter Thompson advertising agency.

Dr. Banta married the former Jeannette Ryerson in Red Bank on July 11, 1942.

They moved to Manchester Center in 2000.

Dr. Banta was an avid golfer and skier. During his college years he was a member of the Dartmouth Ski Team. He was a member of both the Manchester Country Club and the Tequesta Country Club in Florida. He was also a former member of the Rumson Country Club and the Seabright Beach Club in New Jersey.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Banta of Manchester Center; four children, Barbara Van Vliet of Weston, Lynn Stockwell of West Hartford, Conn., Edward “Ned” Banta of Littleton, Colo. and David Banta of Boston; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Banta.

Friends are invited to pay their respects to the Banta family on Friday, May 20, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Thompson Funeral Home, 310 Broad St., Red Bank.

A memorial service will be held at the convenience of the family.

Should friends desire, contributions in Dr. Edward Banta’s memory may be made to the Riverview Medical Center Foundation, c/o Riverview Medical Center, 1 Riverview Plaza, Red Bank, NJ 07701.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home in Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on May 19, 2005
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