Roland Barr Bentley
Roland Bentley introduced himself to the readers of the Crooked Lake Review with a tribute to his first teacher, Lizzie Burns Stewart, in reminiscences about actual school day life. Roland is the fifth generation of his family to live on the property purchased by Thomas Barr on Beartown Road. Some people think the spelling of Beartown changed through the years from Barrtown.
He went to Painted Post High School, received a BS in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia, and an MS in Music Education from Ithaca College. He was in the US Army from 1953 to 1955, then taught at Haverling Central School in Bath (1955-1960), Cortland High School, and Elmira Free Academy from 1961 to 1967 when he joined the faculty of the School of Music at Ithaca College. He retired in 1992 as Associate Professor of Music and Voice.
Roland is an active volunteer at the Magee House in Bath, a board member of the Steuben County Historical Society, and chairman of the Schoolhouse Committee of the Society. His interests include music, of course, and genealogy, New York State and local history, and pastel painting.