Daniel Waldron Pettengill ’37

Daniel Waldron Pettengill ’37 died November 5, 2009, in West Hartford, Conn.

He was born in Cambridge, Mass., on March 4, 1916, son of Ray W. Pettingill (Class of 1905) and grandson of George T. Little (Class of 1877), one of Bowdoin’s early librarians. He prepared for college at Saratoga Springs (N.Y.) High School. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity and graduated from Bowdoin magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with honors in math. Immediately after graduation, he was hired by the Aetna Insurance Company as an actuarial student, and he served the company for 41 years, retiring in 1978 as a vice president. During World War II, he served with the Seventh Army Division, Signal Intelligence Service, in the Moroccan, Rome-Arno, Southern France and German campaigns, for which he was awarded the Good Conduct Medal and Bronze Star. He was a fellow of the Society of Actuaries, a member of the American Academy of Actuaries, and a senior member of the Institute of Medicine. He was a deacon emeritus of Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, and served the United Church of Christ in various capacities at the local, state, and national levels. He was a former member of the West Hartford Old Guard and Fernleigh Lawn Bowling Club. He is survived by his brother, George E. Pettengill ’33; two daughters, Ann Shea and Sara Petersen; four grandchildren; and a great-grandson. He was predeceased by his wife, Jane Guiney Pettengill, whom he married in 1949.