Harper, Robert C..
Robert C. Harper passed away at the age of 94 on July 30, 2014 at his home in Greenwich, CT.
Bob was born on April 15, 1920 in Ponca City, OK to Ann and Carl Harper. He was raised with a great love of music, studying violin and piano and performing with local artists from an early age.
Bob entered the University of Oklahoma at age 17 and founded a chapter of the Delta Chi fraternity. After completing an MBA at Harvard Business School in 1943 under the Army
ROTC program, he was assigned to the US Army Transportation Corps in San Francisco for the remainder of the war.
He married Katrina Ann Judson of Utica, NY in 1947, and they had two children, Robert C. Harper, Jr. (Toby) of Ipswich, MA and Katrina Haeger of Milton, VT. After his Army service he worked for Sylvania Corporation in California and later for American Factors Corporation in Hawaii where he worked on the development of the Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui. He had particularly fond memories of his work with Robert Trent Jones, Sr. on the golf course at Royal Lahaina, which opened in 1962 with a tee shot by Bing Crosby. His wife, Ann, passed away in Hawaii in 1965.
In 1966 Bob moved to New York to become Executive Vice President for Marketing at the American Management Association. He met and married Betsy Tiesler Rockwell of Bronxville, NY in 1968 and became father to her two children, Haley Rockwell Elmlinger of Greenwich, CT and Dr. John Rockwell of Las Cruces, NM.
In 1972 he formed Chronogram Corporation and built a successful wealth management firm working alongside Betsy for 35 years. His daughter, Haley, became CEO of Chronogram in 2006.
Bob was an avid golfer, skier and tennis player. For over 30 years he was an active member of the Union League Club of New York and Greenwich Country Club. For many decades he and Betsy enjoyed the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic together.
Bob is survived by his adoring wife, Betsy, his children, Toby and Susan Harper, Katrina Haeger, John Rockwell, and Haley and Joe Elmlinger. He is also survived by his eight grandchildren, Trina Haeger, Kate Harper, Emily Harper, Chad Rockwell, Spencer Rockwell, Whitney Elmlinger, Katherine Elmlinger and Teddy Elmlinger, and his two beautiful poodles, Maggie and Randy.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, Greenwich Symphony, or the First Presbyterian Church of Greenwich, CT.