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BENT, Gary Lindsey (1938-2018)

BENT, Gary Lindsey (1938-2018)

Gary Bent (GC Football 1st XVIII 1956).

Gary Bent (GC Football 1st XVIII 1956).

Geelong solicitor and stalwart College supporter Gary Bent, proposed both the Toast to The Geelong College and the Toast to the Old Geelong Collegians' Association (OGCA) at the College's Australia Centenary celebration in November 2001. Gary, a former student, was a Geelong College Council member from 1979 to 1989 and a former President of the OGCA in 1977-1978.

Gary was enrolled as a day student at the College from 12 February 1949 to December 1956 having previously attended Chilwell State School. His sporting achievements at College were diverse. In football, he was a member of the Under 16A Football Team of 1954 before moving to the 2nd Football XVIII in 1955 and the 1st Football XVIII in 1956. He was also a member of the 2nd Cricket XI in 1955 and 1956. As a swimmer he excelled, winning the Boys Under 16 Swimmining Championship in 1954 as well as the Open Swimming Championship in 1956. He participated in the Library and Pegasus Committees in 1956 and the Swimming Coomittees from 1954 to 1956. In 1956, he became a School Prefect and a House Vice-Captain.

Born on 28 June 1938, Gary was the son of Lindsay George Bent and Minnie Spencer (nee Pietzsch).

After graduating LLB from Melbourne Universaity, Gary became a partner in the Geelong Law Firm, 'Ingpen and Bent' with fellow Old Collegian, Donald Anderson Ingpen (1910-2003).

Gary Bent died on 4 February 2018 at St John of God Hospital, Geelong.

His brother, David Bent (OGC 1958), son Mark (OGC 1988) and grandson, Leo were also educated at Geelong College.

Sources: Ad Astra Februay 1968 p3; Ad Astra September 1977 p3; Geelong Advertiser 6 February 2018. OGC 1951.
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