Robert A. Bendheim Dies at Age 93
The faculty, students and staff of Princeton University's Bendheim Center for Finance are saddened to learn of the recent death of its benefactor and loyal Princeton alumnus, Robert A. Bendheim, who died on August 21 at age 93. Mr. Bendheim was a former officer, director and president of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, which provided the endowment in 1998 that made the Bendheim Center for Finance possible.
Mr. Bendheim, the former president and CEO of M. Lowenstein Corporation, a textile manufacturing company, graduated from Princeton in 1937. At the time of his foundation's gift to Princeton to establish the Center, he noted, "I am delighted to be able to bring this new dimension to the outstanding academic reputation of Princeton University. I hope that the Center will play a major role in expanding our dialogue about finance and its role in the nation's economy and policy."
Mr. Bendheim majored in economics at Princeton and joined the Lowenstein company after he graduated from Princeton. After working as a trainee in the firm, he served for four years in the U.S. Navy Supply Corps. He later returned to the company, where he was named president and CEO in 1964. He retired in 1986 and then became president of the Leon Lowenstein Foundation, which provides funding for medical research and New York City public schools and youth programs. He was a member of the board of trustees of both Fordham University, where he received an honorary degree, and Mount Sinai Hospital, and a director of the United Way.
He married Jane Poole Bendheim in 1998 and has two daughters, including Lynn Bendheim Thoman '77, who currently serves on the Advisory Council of the BCF and four grandchildren.
In addition to the gift to create the Bendheim Center of Finance, most recently, in 2006, the Lowenstein Foundation made a gift of to endow The Robert Bendheim and Lynn Bendheim Thoman Professorship in Neuroscience at Princeton. Previously, largely in conjunction with foundation, he also made gifts to create the Bendheim Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing (1996); the Lynn Bendheim Thoman '77 and Robert Bendheim '37 Professorship in Economics and Public Policy (1992); Bendheim Hall, which houses faculty from the Economics and Politics departments and the WWS; the Bendheim Conference Room in Lewis Thomas Laboratory (1985); and the Bendheim Room in Mudd Library (1973).