Service and Generosity
Darald R. Libby, prominent businessman, highly decorated World War II veteran, and leading benefactor of Bentley University, died on June 23, 2009, at the age of 92.
A New Hampshire native, Mr. Libby graduated from Berlin High School in 1936 and worked for two years in that city’s Cascade Mill. He graduated from Bentley in 1940 and, a year later, enlisted in the U.S. Army. As an infantry officer in the South Pacific, Mr. Libby participated in 51 continuous days of fighting and served with front-line troops who opened the gateway to Manila. He attained the rank of captain and received decorations including the Bronze Star, Victory Medal, and Air Medal.
The alumnus married a high school classmate, Julie Roy, in 1946. They settled in Massachusetts and Mr. Libby went on to earn degrees from Northeastern University, Boston College School of Law, and Boston University School of Law. He also was a certified public accountant.
A consulting client that Mr. Libby took on in 1957 opened another chapter of professional success. He and a colleague purchased the Worcester, Mass.-based David Clark Company and led the firm to prominence, particularly as a top manufacturer of protective suits for NASA astronauts.
Over the years, Mr. Libby shared his wisdom and wealth with many charitable organizations. At Bentley, the Libbys have supported scholarships, professorships, athletics, and numerous other aspects of academic and campus life. The Darald and Juliet Libby Professorship in Accountancy, established in 2005, honors the couple’s longstanding dedication. Mr. Libby also received the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Mr. Libby is survived by his wife, four daughters, eight grandchildren, and a great-grandson.