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Claytor, Robert B. (Robert Buckner), 1922-1993


Biographical Note

Robert Buckner Claytor was born on February 27, 1922, in Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from Princeton University, earned a law degree from Harvard University, and served in the U. S. Army during World War II. He was chairman and CEO of Norfolk Southern and was involved in the Episcopal Diocese of Southwestern Virginia, serving for a time as chancellor. He also served on the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors from 1982-1990. Claytor died on April 9, 1993, and is buried in St. John's Episcopal Church Columbarium, Ronaoke.


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Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Robert B. Claytor Papers

Identifier: Ms-1991-047

Robert B. Claytor (1922-1993) was the CEO of Norfolk Southern. His papers consist of correspondence, articles, brochures, and rosters created or collected by Claytor and his brother, W. Graham Claytor, about the National Railway Historical Society, the preservation of historic trains (including Southern Railway Engine 4501 and N&W Locomotive Number 611), and the Norfolk and Western Railway Company.

Dates: 1952 - 1978