Robert Rector Sr., of Bend, celebrated his 100th birthday Sunday with family and friends at Awbrey Place.
Mr. Rector was born March 17, 1919, in Brooklyn, New York. He married Betty Rector who passed away in 2009 in Woodland Park, Colorado, where they lived for 27 years. He has two children Robert (and Karen), of Bend, and Kathleen, of Denver; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Mr. Rector was a mechanical engineer who graduated top of his class magna cum laude at Southern Methodist University in Dallas and was a member of Sigma Tau and Pi Mu Epsilon. He served as a captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1947, worked for Sandia Labs in Albuquerque, New Mexico, for Lockheed Martin in Sunnyvale, California, and for Hughes Aircraft in Aurora, Colorado, before retiring to Woodland Park. He was also a flight instructor for 40 years and a blackjack dealer at the Gold Rush Casino in Cripple Creek, Colorado. He is a member of the American Legion and enjoys leading family vacations and woodworking.
He has lived in Bend for 10 years.