Passing of Moe Bennett, Bennett & Pless co-founder

The Bennett & Pless family would like to share the passing of co-founder E.M. Bennett known affectionately as “Moe”.  Rex Pless, COO of Bennett & Pless, commented “I have not only lost a good friend and long-time business partner, but the engineering community has lost a highly respected and talented structural engineer.  Moe will indeed be missed”.

For those who would like to make a donation in memory of Moe, the family has suggested a donation to Global Missions Peachtree Road United Methodist Church 3180 Peachtree Road, NE Atlanta Georgia, 30305.  Moe’s Obituary in the January 7, 2016 edition of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is as follows:

BENNETT, Elmer Melvin Mr. Elmer Melvin “Moe” Bennett, 88, of Atlanta Georgia passed away on December 30, 2015.  He was born in Tampa, Florida and grew up in Tampa and Key West.  His father was a builder, and Moe often worked alongside his father on construction sites during his childhood.  After serving in the Army at the conclusion of World War II, Moe returned to Florida and initially attended Florida State University where he met his wife, Martha Watkins, at church.  He transferred to Georgia Tech and received a degree in structural engineering.  In 1964, he founded a structural engineering firm then known as E.M. Bennett, Inc.  Two years later, he and his business partner, Rex Pless, launched Bennett & Pless, a consulting structural engineering firm, from a small office on Fourth Street in Atlanta.  In 1969, Bennett & Pless opened a second office in Chattanooga, Tennessee.  The firm celebrated its 50th anniversary last year.  Bennett & Pless projects in Atlanta include the Monarch Office Buildings, Atlanta Financial Center, Colony Square, and Cobb Galleria, to name a few.  Among the firm’s national and international projects are John Portman’s Renaissance Center in Detroit and the Ritz Carlton in the Grand Caymans.  Moe had a lifelong love of boating and fishing and enjoyed vacations with family and friends in Key West and Alaska and sailing on Lake Lanier.  Moe was preceded in death by his wife, Martha Watkins Bennett, and his daughter, Beverly Bennett Elzey.  He is survived by his son, David Nielsen Bennett, his daughter-in-law Catherine Modling Bennett, and his granddaughters, Jennifer Claire Elzey and Catherine “Kaki” Weston Bennett.  A memorial service will be held on January 9, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Moe to Global Missions, Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, 3180 Peachtree Road, NE, Atlanta, Georgia, 30305.  Online condolences may be made at