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Originally published: 2012-11-06 16:53:31
Last modified: 2012-11-08 15:47:43

Robert Holt West

Robert Holt West, 88, of Boone, passed away Oct. 26, 2012, in Bellingham, Wash. He was born on Sept. 18, 1924, in Dunn, and was the son of E. C. West and Irma J. West.

He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a cadet at West Point. He graduated from Duke University. He also earned a J.D. Degree from the University of Miami. He earned a M.Ed. from Temple University, in Philadelphia, Penn. He taught in Mildford, Del., and then came back to North Carolina to teach in several different universities and before retiring, he also practiced law.

In 1971 he was presented a Presidential Commendation by Congressman James Broyhill for his work assisting small businessmen through the Active Corporation of Executives Program.

He was an outstanding musician. He especially enjoyed returning to Duke University for reunions with the Duke Glee Club. He was a Master Bridge player, member of the Boone Lions Club, and loved to ski and play tennis.

He is survived by his son, P. Seigler West of Boone; two daughters, Leslie Saunderson of Bellingham, Wash., Melanie Boltax of Marietta, Ga.; and five grandchildren, Robert W. Saunderson, Amanda M. Duggin, Elizabeth S. Stackhouse, all of Bellingham, Wash., and Zachary W. Boltax and Jacob B. Boltax, both of Marietta, Ga.

There will be a memorial service in Blowing Rock at FaithBridge United Methodist Church, 169 Aho Road, off U.S. 321, at 2 p.m. Nov. 10, 2012.