Robert “Bobby” Bendetson is President of The Cabot House, a high end furniture retailer with stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, and Florida. Cabot House has been a family owned business for four generations, founded by Bobby’s great grandfather in Haverhill, Massachusetts in 1912. His father, Norris Bendetson A41, greatly expanded the business and changed its name from the Boston Furniture Company to Cabot House.
Bobby graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in Economics in 1973 and earned an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1977. He has been actively involved with Tufts as a supporter and volunteer, particularly with the Institute for Global Leadership, serving as Chair of the Executive Board and Chair of the External Advisory Board. In this role, he created the Robert and JoAnn Bendetson Public Diplomacy Initiative, which brings international leaders to Tufts. He sponsored the Institute Scholar Practitioner in Residence (INSPIRE) Fellows program; endowed the annual Norris and Marjory Bendetson Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship (EPIIC) Symposium; and sustained the China Cross Cultural Leadership Program.
Bobby comes from a distinguished Tufts family. His father, brother, uncle, nephew, and numerous cousins have also received Tufts degrees. In his words, “for seventy years, three generations and more than twelve degrees, the Bendetson Family has been deeply committed to the Tufts Community, its traditions and now more importantly, its future aspirations.”
Bobby was elected to the Tufts University Board of Trustees in 2007.