Robert S. Zollner was born in Illinois in 1923. In Rye his family lived at 44 Allendale Drive and were members of Christ Church. Robert served as an officer in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II.
Attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduating in 1942. He interrupted his college career at Harvard University class of 1946 to serve in the U. S. Army Air Corps as 1st Lieutenant and navigator of B-29s in the Pacific Theater. For his military service, he received the Air Medal and the Distinguished Unit Citation, each with an Oak Leaf Cluster. Graduated from Harvard Law School in 1951.
ANDOVER Robert S. Zollner, 87, died on Saturday, April 2, 2011, in Exeter, N.H., of congestive heart failure, in the loving presence of his family.
Born Nov. 7, 1923, in Evanston, Ill., he was the son of Albert Louis and Marie (Catherwood) Zollner. Until recent years, he was a longtime resident of Andover. Bob attended Phillips Exeter Academy, graduating in 1942.
He interrupted his college career at Harvard University (Class of 1946) to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps as 1st Lieutenant and navigator of B-29s in the Pacific Theater . For his military service, he received the Air Medal and the Distinguished Unit Citation, each with an Oak Leaf Cluster. Graduating from Harvard Law School in 1951, Bob practiced law for 34 years at Warner and Stackpole in Boston. In 1985, he opened a private law practice in Andover, practicing law there until 2004.
During his 51 years in Andover, Robert served his community in many capacities. He was a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Finance Committee and was employed as Special Town Counsel to the Planning Board and the Zoning Board. Other civic positions that he held included Chairman of the Northeast Regional Red Cross Blood Program and trustee of the Lawrence General Hospital and of the Andover Bank and member of the Abbot Academy Association.
He was also an active member of Christ Church, Andover, serving as Lay Eucharistic Minister.
Overall, Bob was known for his exceptional attributes as a civil servant and a corporate lawyer who did not place himself above others, and a kind man toward all. He was a lover of the English languagea passion that he shared with his family that deeply influenced his offspring in various careers and proclivities. He was almost always an arm's length from either the American Heritage Dictionary or the Oxford English Dictionary. He loved spending summers with his extended family on Lake Winnipesaukee, pointing out constellations in the summer sky. His love of food and cooking was legendary, especially his Indian curry. He was a stalwart member of his B-29 Bomber Group. And he enjoyed playing golf with his friends at the North Andover Country Club.
At the time of his death Robert was survived by his wife of 64 years, Nancy Durgin Zollner, of Riverwoods, Exeter, N.H.; his daughter, Cynthia Z. Hartnett and her husband, David, of Montpelier, Vt.; his daughter, Jennifer Zollner and her husband, Andrew Christiansen, of East Montpelier, Vt.; his son, Richard S. Zollner and his wife, Deborah, of Exeter, N.H.; and his daughter, Laura D. Smith and her husband, Frank, of Kensington, N.H.
He is also survived by his six loving grandchildren: Caitlin Hartnett of Port Hardy, BC, Canada; Rebecca Zollner of Exeter, N.H.; Zoe Christiansen of Boston; Elizabeth Zollner of Exeter, N.H.; Anders Christiansen of East Montpelier, Vt.; and Benjamin Smith of Kensington, N.H.; and his devoted Colorado relatives. Robert was predeceased by his twin brother, Richard Catherwood Zollner, and his older brother, F. Stanton Zollner.
ARRANGEMENTS: Donations in his memory may be made to Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH; Christ Church, Andover, MA; or Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, MA. A memorial service will be held at Christ Church, Andover, on Saturday, April 9, at 11 a.m. with a reception following. Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Conte Funeral Home, 28 Florence St., Andover, MA 01810.
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