May 19th, 2006
The Mountaineer Spirit May 18, 2006
By Monte Maxwell
If you attended West Virginia University anytime during the past 40 years, you probably owe the late Robert J. Bennett some appreciation for enhancing your college experience.
Whether you were an engineering student needing a place to study, an athlete performing his sport, or a student attending class, you benefited from Bennett’s architectural handiwork.
From the late 1950s into the 1980s, Bennett designed several new buildings and led renovations to many of the University’s historic halls, including Woodburn, Martin, and Chitwood.
After Bennett passed away in 1996, his wife, Jacqueline R. Bennett, and daughter, Sandy Bennett-Taylor, donated more than two dozen of his architectural drawings for WVU projects to the West Virginia and Regional History Collection.