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Robert E. Forrest

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Robert E. Forrest of Middlebury, VT, formerly of West Chester, PA and Wayne, PA died peacefully on October 30, 2013 with family members by his side. Born in Pittsburgh, PA in 1923, to parents Edith (Gleckner) and John Forrest, Mr. Forrest grew up in Williamsport, PA, where he was an accomplished athlete in football, basketball, and tennis. He met his wife-to-be, Jean Orbison Kennedy, at the Martin's Dam Swim Club in Wayne, PA. Mr. Forrest was sent to Villanova University in 1944 as part of the Navy's V-12 program. During WWII, Mr. Forrest served as a communications officer on the aircraft carrier, USS Leyte, and continued in that capacity until 1946. He entered Princeton University in 1947 to study architecture. In 1948, the couple wed and resided in Princeton, NJ until 1953 when Mr. Forrest received his MFA in Architecture. Mr. Forrest and his family returned to Wayne at that time to begin employment with Howell Lewis Shay Associates in Philadelphia. Mr. Forrest opened his own architecture firm, Robert E. Forrest Associates, in 1964 and retired after forty years of practice. Mr. Forrest's portfolio included many local clients and such notable projects such as: Reformation Lutheran Church, Media, PA; St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Wayne, PA; the University of Pennsylvania Large Animal Clinic at New Bolton Center, PA; the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary Research Building, Philadelphia, PA; Radnor Township Memorial Library, Wayne, PA; Wayne Art Center, Wayne, PA; Main Line Senior Center, Wayne, PA; Malvern Fire Company, Malvern, PA; the Veterans Administration Hospital, Philadelphia, PA; Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital, Paoli, PA; Atlas Chemical Company, Valley Forge, PA; William H. Rorer, Inc., Fort Washington, PA; SmithKline Corporation, Upper Merion, PA; Sun Oil Company, St. Davids, PA; Philadelphia Suburban Water Company, Bryn Mawr, PA; Merion Cricket Club, Haverford, PA; Jenkins Arboretum, Tredyffrin Township, PA; Radnor High School Athletic Complex, Radnor, PA; Valley Forge Military Academy, Wayne, PA; Malvern Preparatory School, Malvern, PA; The Episcopal Academy, Merion, PA. Mr. Forrest also completed restorations, renovations, and additions for a number of residential clients. Mr. Forrest served on the Radnor Township School Board as President and was a member of the Radnor Parks and Recreation Board and School Authority. He served as Vice President of the North Wayne Protective Society, was a Director of the Martin's Dam Club, as well as a Director of the Philadelphia Council of the Navy League, serving two terms as the Council Secretary. Mr. Forrest was a long-time member of the Wayne Presbyterian Church, serving as both Steward and Trustee. Mr. Forrest played competitive tennis on a number of leagues and continued to enjoy alpine skiing and golf well into his senior years. Mr. and Mrs. Forrest enjoyed an active social life together with many life-long friends and traveled to many destinations in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Forrest was predeceased by his wife, Jean, in 2008. He is survived by his children: David, Allison(Gergely) and Robert, their spouses Denise ( Metter), John Gergely, Jr., and Laurie Sickles respectively, and grandchildren Tim Forrest, John Gergely and Stephanie Gergely Davis. A gathering for internment of Mr. Forrest's ashes will take place at the Wayne Presbyterian Church, Wayne, PA at the family's convenience. Memorial donations may be sent to the Addison County Home Healthcare and Hospice, Inc., PO Box 754, Middlebury, VT 05753 or the Wayne Presbyterian Church, 125 East Lancaster Avenue, Wayne, PA 19087
Published in Main Line Media News on Dec. 31, 2013
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