Robert Pratt, 79, had taught at Kent Center

Robert G. Pratt, 79, of Salisbury Md., formerly of Kent, died June 28, 2009, in Salisbury after a brief illness. He was the husband of the former Audrey McDonald.

Mr. Pratt was born June 7, 1930, to the late Robert Pratt and Grayce (Mott) Pratt. He attended schools in Brooklyn until he moved to Kent and graduated from Housatonic Valley Regional High School.

After graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps and served four years as a sergeant with a tank battalion in the Korean War.

Upon completion of his Marine Corps service, he attended UConn and received a degree in education. Mr. Pratt taught English at Cornwall Consolidation School, Housatonic Valley Regional High School and Kent Center School, where he was known for his fairness, creative assignments and humor.

Mr. Pratt also coached soccer and softball at Kent Center School. He was a former member of the Kent Board of Finance, the Democratic Town Committee and an usher at the Kent Congregational Church.

In addition, he was a faithful correspondent for the Waterbury Republican-American newspaper.

Upon his retirement to Salisbury, he served on the board of directors at the Salisbury Zoo and also served as president of the Salisbury Home Owners Association.

He is survived by a daughter, Robin Pratt of Ocean City, Md; and two sisters, Carol MacRitchie of Kent and Marylin Steinmetz of Scottsdale, Ariz. He was predeceased by a son, Douglas Pratt; and two sisters, Doris Brandesis and Grayce Clissett.