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First county school superintendent dies at 90

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Former Clay Community Schools Supt. Ambrose Mack Bennett, died Aug. 11, 2007.

Bennett was 90 and served as superintendent from 1966-1972. He was the first superintendent of the corporation.

Former Forest Park Elementary Principal and Brazil Mayor Kenny Crabb called Bennett "the best superintendent I ever worked for."

"He was a prince of an individual," Crabb said. "He was a great individual. And he was very sharp with financial figures."

Crabb had moved from being Meridian Principal to Forest Park when Bennett arrived in Clay County. Crabb said the county -- at the time -- was moving to one corporation rather than having trustees running each area school.

In 1966, Crabb said high schools still existed in Cory, Van Buren, Staunton, Bowling Green, Brazil and Clay City. In addition, he said school buildings existed in Ashboro, Bowling Green, Perth, Cory and the Dick Johnson Township.

When Bennett arrived in Clay County, the push was made for one corporation as several school buildings were closed during the next few years under his leadership.

"He mixed with his staff very, very well," Crabb said.

Bennett and his family, including daughters Kris and Claudia, lived in Brazil for a short period. However, Kris married local resident Bob Hardman.

Her family now resides in Wesley Chapel, Fla., while Claudia and her family live in Aurora, Ill.

On Monday, Kris told The Brazil Times that she and her sister "shared" their father the past few years. He had lived with Kris for six years in Florida.

While living in Brazil, Bennett was a member of the Methodist Church.

He was married for 48 years to Mary Martha Bennett and was in the education business for 38 years while also serving as a retired household administrator for 25 years.

He was buried at Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Ky., on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007.

He is survived by his daughters, four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Those wishing to send memorial contributions may do so in honor of Bennett's great-granddaughter, Laura Elizabeth Deal in care of The Children's Glaucoma Foundation, 2 Longfellow Place, Suite 201, Boston, 02114.

Deal was born with aniridia, a condition where the development of the irises of eyes are incomplete. A consequence of this condition is poor vision and the risk of other potential complications, including childhood glaucoma.

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