Robert G. Heft

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Robert G. Heft on December 5, 2009, seven days before his death.

Robert G. "Bob" Heft (January 19, 1942 – December 12, 2009) was the designer of the current United States 50-star flag. He has also designed a 51-star flag that would be used if a new state joins the United States.[1] He was born in Saginaw, Michigan.

Heft designed the current United States flag as a school project in Lancaster, Ohio when he was 17 years old. He received a B- for his project from his teacher, Stanley Pratt. After talking about the project, he reached an agreement with his teacher that, if the flag was selected as the official flag by the United States Congress, he would get a better grade for the project. Heft's design was chosen out of more than 1,500 designs that were given to United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower, and his teacher changed his grade to an A.[2]

After graduating from college, he became a high school teacher and later a college professor. He was also mayor of Napoleon, Ohio for 28 years.[3]

After years of combating diabetes, Heft died on December 12, 2009 from a heart attack while living in Saginaw. [4] He was 67 years old.

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  1. Social Security Death Index
  2. "Rasmussen, Frederick N. "A half-century ago, new 50-star American flag debuted in Baltimore," The Baltimore Sun, Saturday, July 3, 2010". Archived from the original on October 15, 2015. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  3. "Toledo Blade - Google News Archive Search". news.google.com.
  4. The Saginaw News: Hats off to Saginaw flag designer who gave America 50 stars.

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