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Francis A. Englehart Jr.

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BENNINGTON -- Francis A. Englehart Jr., 86, a resident of Bennington for more than 30 years and formerly of Talcottville, Conn., died peacefully on Monday, March 1, 2005, at the Bennington Health and Rehab Center, where he had been since May 2004.

He was born at West Point, N.Y. on Dec. 10, 1918, the son of the late Gen. Francis A. Englehart Sr. and Imogen (Norton) Englehart. He received his education at various U.S. Army base schools all over the world, including Cambridge Latin, New Mexico Military Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Georgia Tech.

As an electrical engineer, Francis worked for Pratt and Whitney of United Technologies. For more than 30 years. Mr. Englehart was particularly proud of his part in producing fuel cells for the Apollo Moon Program.

He married the former Mary Q. McKee in 1944. In Connecticut, Francis and Mary rebuilt an old 1790s school house for their home. Mr. Englehart was an active member of the volunteer fire department and the local Episcopal parishes. Mrs. Mary Englehart died in 1969.

In 1972, Francis married the former Mab DuHamel Cockrell of Bennington. They retired to the Bennington area in 1995. A “born engineer,” Francis continued to improve and reconstruct each of the homes in which he lived.

Survivors include his wife, Mab Englehart of Bennington; his daughters, Grace Elliott of Arlington, Texas and Sarah Evans of Tucson, Az.; his son, Francis A. Englehart IV of Colchester, Conn.; plus seven grandchildren and 9.5 great-grandchildren. He leaves a brother, Norton F. Englehart of Agawam, Mass., and his sister Nancy Smith of Melbourne, Fla. and several nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces.

Graveside funeral services will be held in the spring at St. John the Baptist Cemetery in North Bennington. There are no calling hours scheduled.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, 628 Main St., Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 2, 2005
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