Edgar Robert ‘Bob’ Kent Jr., investment banker and philanthropist, dies – Baltimore Sun

Edgar Robert “Bob” Kent Jr., an investment banker and philanthropist, died of Parkinson’s disease Dec. 16 in Towson. He was 82.

Mr. Kent was born in Baltimore to Marian, a homemaker, and Edgar Robert Kent Sr.,  the owner of an HVAC and plumbing company.  The family moved to Sherwood Forest outside Annapolis, and Mr. Kent went on to graduate from the Severn School in Severna Park in Anne Arundel County in 1959.

Mr. Kent obtained a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Princeton University in 1963. He received a master’s degree from Columbia University in 1966, and a degree from what is today the University of Maryland School of Law in 1975.  He also served in the Army National Guard and was discharged in 1969.

He married Townsend (Daniel) Kent in 1966 and the couple went on to have three children.

One of his children, Bob Kent III, said his father was a kind man of few words who led by example.

Edgar Robert "Bob" Kent Jr. started the Kent Family Foundation to support charitable causes in Baltimore.
Edgar Robert “Bob” Kent Jr. started the Kent Family Foundation to support charitable causes in Baltimore.

“The way he treated and respected people, honestly I can say I never heard my father raise his voice or utter any kind of profanity or say anything negative about anyone ever,” his son said. “So we, my sister and I, learned by just observing and absorbing. It was so crystal-clear what was important to him and what he stood for.”

Mr. Kent began working at the old Alex. Brown & Sons, an investment bank started in Baltimore, in 1968. There, he was a managing director who primarily worked with real estate companies, his son said. In addition, he sat on the company’s board from 1971 to 2018. Mr. Kent retired from the firm in 1999.

Mr. Kent sat on several advisory boards, including the Baltimore Community Foundation, a nonprofit focused on aiding philanthropic efforts.

Tom Wilcox, former CEO of the foundation, worked with Mr. Kent and said he was a key player in helping the organization reach its goals, including a $100 million fundraising campaign.

“Bob was a real civic leader, [an] extraordinary civic leader, and working for him was one of the privileges of my life,” he said. “I love the man.”

Shanaysha Sauls, the current CEO of the foundation, said Mr. Kent was deeply respected.

“He just meant a lot,” she said. “And we’re just grateful for his generosity, and his family and just everything that he’s given to Baltimore. He will not be forgotten.”

Mr. Kent started the Kent Family Foundation to support charitable causes in Baltimore.

“He loved Baltimore,” his son said. “And he’s one of those guys who when they did well, they shared, you know, they gave back. They make charitable gifts, donations, serving in advisory capacities. Really kind of anything anybody ever asked him to do when it came to Baltimore, he would do.”

Mr. Kent also sat on boards for the Calvert School, Roland Park Country School and Baltimore Center Stage, among others, according to a family-provided biography.

Mr. Kent III said his father loved lacrosse and previously played for the Mount Washington Lacrosse Club.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Kent is survived by his daughter, Josephine Kent Lemken, of Baltimore; sister Susan Kent DiLonardo, of Sherwood Forest; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his younger daughter Louise Daniel Kent and brother Roy Norman Kent.

Memorial services were Friday at The Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore.

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