Robert Bartlett "Bart" Roach, Jr. was born in Little Rock, Ark. and graduated cum laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. in 1956. His senior year he was president of the Deke house. He spent two years as an active duty officer in the Navy. After his time in the Navy, he worked at Roach Paper Company in Little Rock, and rose through the company ranks to serve as Chairman and President until 1980.
Bart played varsity tennis at Vanderbilt. He also played in a weekly game with friends up to and beyond his 80th birthday. A lifelong Razorbacks fan, he tried to live up to his rule of "not allowing his Saturday to be ruined by 18 to 22-year-olds" with mixed results. Bart passed away peacefully on Oct. 20, 2022 and is survived by his wife Mary.