Col. Robert McKenzie Book
Col. Robert McKenzie Book, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (retired), 82, of Carmel, passed away the morning of Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012.
He was born on Dec. 31, 1929, in Indianapolis, to William H. and Margaret V. Book.
A 1948 graduate of Arsenal Technical High School, Bob enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve that year and spent 31 years in both the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, retiring in 1983 with the rank of colonel.
After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in animal science from Purdue University in 1952, Bob earned an MBA from Indiana University and completed the senior executive program at Columbia University.
He became a driving force behind Elanco Products Co., a division of Eli Lilly Co., when he joined as a sales representative in 1955. After retiring in 1983 as group vice president of agricultural marketing, Bob became the first president of the Indiana Institute of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Inc., serving until 1992.
Bob and Dr. Bud Harmon established the Purdue University Book Harmon Leadership Program in Animal Sciences in 2005.
His board memberships included the Marine Corps League, the Indiana Military Coalition, Military Officers of America Association, the Farm Foundation, Neogen Corporation, Ag Alumni Seed, U.S. Feed Grains Council, National FFA, the Fine Arts Society of the University of Indianapolis and the Life Raft Group.
For 29 years he was both an elected representative on the Clay Township Board in Hamilton County and was president of Clay Township Regional Waste District. He was precinct committeeman for Clay Center 2 for more than 30 years and served St. Vincent’s Carmel Hospital from groundbreaking until he was named chairman of the board, with that board membership continuing until June 2012.
Bob is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jeanne Book; their children, Mary M. (Robert) Klunder, Nancy Joanne Fletcher, William H. (Dede) Book and Bart J. (Sherri) Book; grandchildren, Benjamin R. Klunder, Lauren E. Book (Constantine) Linos, Hilary R. Book, Christine Hatfield (Brad) Waldrip and Michael M. Hatfield; and great-granddaughter, Isabella Waldrip. Other survivors include cousins Martha Powell and family; and Kathryn Ann Hammons and her daughter, Kathy Hammons; as well as many good friends and associates.
Bob and Jeanne are members of East 91st Street Christian Church, 6049 E. 91st St., Indianapolis, where a calling will be conducted on two days: 4 to 8 p.m. today and 9:30 to 11 a.m. Friday. A celebration of life funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the church. Burial will be at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens in Fishers immediately following the ceremony.
The family wishes to thank the St. Vincent New Hope Foundation staff for excellence in care and kindness toward Col. Book and his family and many friends.
You are invited to visit www.leppertmortuary.com, where you may share a memory with the family, sign the guest book, or in lieu of flowers, make a memorial contribution to the Purdue Foundation, Book-Harmon Leadership Forum, St. Vincent Health Foundation, the Life Raft Group, Arsenal Technical High School Alumni Association or Marine Corps University at Quantico, Va.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Leppert Mortuary, Smith Carmel Chapel.