Darlington School: Podcast Episode 21: A Chat with Robert Hortman ('99, LD '18) and Ben Bagley ('00, LD '20) 
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Podcast Episode 21: A Chat with Robert Hortman (’99, LD ’18) and Ben Bagley (’00, LD ’20)

August 19, 2021 | 346 views

Welcome to Episode 21 of The Darlington Podcast! 

In this Darlington Connects episode, Carson Raymond, director of major gifts, catches up with Robert Hortman ('99, LD '18) and Ben Bagley ('00, LD '20) who both work as pilots for FedEx Express. Robert and Ben have each had interesting careers that have taken them across the globe, ultimately leading to FedEx and the opportunity to move their families back to their hometown of Rome, Georgia. 

Robert holds a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. He served as an active duty pilot for 12 years across the globe in the U.S. Navy and continues to serve as a Commander in the Naval Reserves. Robert has been a pilot at FedEx Express since 2016 and he and his wife Nancy live in Rome with their two children, West ('31) and Wills ('34). 

Ben attended Auburn University where he majored in Aviation Management. He has been flying for FedEx Express since 2011 and is currently a 767 Captain. He was previously domiciled in Hong Kong, Anchorage, and Dusseldorf, Germany. Ben and his wife Miranda once again call Rome home with their two boys, George ('34), and Will (2).   

About Darlington Connects: Darlington Connects

Every member of the Darlington Community has countless Darlington connections, especially in the work world. By supporting each other's careers and life goals, we are better connecting our students, alumni, parents, parents of alumni, and grandparents.

  • Share more about your career in a Darlington Connects spotlight
  • Lend your expertise to a current student or recent graduate
  • Connect with others in your field or your geographic area via our Alumni Directory or our Darlington Connects group on LinkedIn
  • Volunteer to be one of our guest speakers at Career Day

Please email connect@darlingtonschool.org to get involved with the program.  


The Darlington Podcast is a collaboration between the Communication, Advancement, and I.T. teams, and is hosted by various members of the faculty and staff. Episodes are released each Thursday morning and available on most podcast platforms (search for The Darlington Podcast in your podcast player). Once new episodes are posted, you'll also be able to find them at www.darlingtonschool.org/podcast. Please subscribe wherever you listen to podcasts so that you'll get the latest episode each week! 

The Darlington Podcast intro music was written and performed by Elliot Luitweiler ('22) and Katherine Davidson ('22). Katie Merritt, media arts teacher, lends her voice and editing and production is handled by Jennifer Collins, content manager.

If you have ideas for future episodes or have any questions about The Darlington Podcast, please email communications@darlingtonschool.org