Robert Pentland Jr. has left a diverse legacy in the state of Florida.
The man, who died in 1979 at age 80, built a successful accounting firm in south Florida, helped raise funds to complete a children’s hospital and was a charter member of the University of Miami.
Pentland also was one of 24 founders of the Orange Bowl, the classic major college football game.
“They felt they needed a university instead of a playground. They needed a community,” said his daughter, Margaret Ann Schwartzburg, a Lawrence resident.
Schwartzburg and her daughter, Kate Schwartzburg Chappel, of Fairway, will represent Pentland on the field during the festivities at the 75th annual FedEx Orange Bowl on Thursday at Dolphin Stadium in Miami. During ceremonies, the 24 original Orange Bowl Committee members will be inducted into this year’s Orange Bowl Hall of Fame class.
Pentland was a retired World War II Air Force colonel, and he also became known for making the accountant’s certification exam more accessible to people who didn’t have the benefit of a formal education.
He also advocated to make education more accessible to more students, his daughter said.
Schwartzburg said her father was alive when her daughter, Kate, was born, but Kate doesn’t remember him because he died when she was so young.
“It gives her a little more knowledge of her grandfather and who he was. I’m very happy about that,” Schwartzburg said.
Schwartzburg’s husband, David, also will make the trip to Miami.
About the only thing that could make it sweeter was that her father’s induction is one year too late for Kansas University’s victory in Miami last year. Schwartzburg, who graduated from the University of Florida, has sent some family members to KU.
It will still mean a lot to be able to honor her father at the Orange Bowl.
“It’s like having him back,” she said.