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Robert Aldridge

Class of 1960

After receiving his commission as a Lieutenant in the Marines at graduation Bob served on active duty for six years as a pilot. In July of 1966 Bob joined United Airlines and, over the next thirty-one years flew to most of the states, Central and South America and Europe in seven different airliners.

On Bob’s final trip at the end of August 1997 he flew a Boeing 777 from Washington Dulles to Paris to San Francisco to Paris to Dulles. Classmate and wife since senior year, Jane Smith Aldridge joined him in San Francisco to fly the legs to Paris and home. In 1988 Bob and Jane moved to Leonardtown in St. Mary’s County Maryland where they built a home on the shores of Breton Bay. After retirement, Bob became involved with the historic Sotterley Plantation where he volunteered in the garden and as a tour guide. Bob served as the Co-Chair of the Sotterley Garden Guild for several years and through that activity became a Maryland Extension Service Master Gardener. In 2006 Bob was asked to join the Sotterley Board of Trustees. Other activities include golf (with a very small “g”), boating, photography, entertaining his two daughters and three grandchildren and lots and lots of travel.

In December of 2009 Jane and Bob celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.