Peter Dodge Stengel ’39

Peter Dodge Stengel ’39 died on December 16, 2004, in Readfield, Maine.

Born on April 10, 1918, in Boston, he prepared for college at the Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA, and became a member of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Bowdoin. In 1937, he sailed with Donald B. MacMillan [1898] to Baffin Island on the last voyage of the Gertrude Thébaud. Following his graduation in 1939, he was a dairy chemist and bacteriologist in Bradford, VT, and a soap chemist with Lever Brothers in Cambridge, MA. During World War II, from 1941 to 1945, he served in the U.S. Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He was chief engineer in the USS Martin, a destroyer escort in the Pacific. After the war he returned to Lever Brothers. Later he worked for Raytheon as a semiconductor engineer in Newton, MA, with RCA, and as an engineer with Pioneer Plastics Corporation in Sanford and Auburn. After his retirement he moved to Readfield in 1987. He was an amateur radio operator for more than 50 years, using the call letters W1WYX, and was a member of the U.S. Power Squadron in Marathon, FL, and the Kennebec River Sail and Power Squadron. He was married in 1942 to Ruth Gibson, who died in 1946, and was married again in 1948 to Dorothy Scherig, who died in 1984. His wife, Mildred, survives him, as do two daughters, Cynthia Stengel of Standish and Carol Wood of Gray; a sister, Anita Clos of Raleigh, NC; and a brother, Robert F. Stengel ’50 of Concord, MA.