Peter M. Rinaldo ’43

Peter M. Rinaldo ’43 died on May 2, 2008, in Ithaca, New York.

Born on June 21, 1922, in Evanston, Ill., he prepared for college at The Principia School and then entered a joint program at Bowdoin and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated summa cum laude from Bowdoin in 1943 and then earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT in 1946. He was elected to Phi Beta Kappa,Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi. Immediately following graduation, he was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve and sailed as an electronics officer of the USS Macon. He began work as a process engineer for Dewey and Almy Chemical Company in Cambridge, Mass., in 1946. Dewey and Almy was acquired by W.R. Grace & Company in 1965, and Peter spent the remaining years of his career asVice President of the Industrial Chemicals Group and later the Industrial Products Group with W.R. Grace in New York City. He retired in October of 1982. He was very active in the Unitarian fellowship of Briarcliff, Croton, and Ossining, was a founding member and treasurer of the Ossining Peace and Justice Center, served for ten years on the Board of Trustees of the Ossining Public Library, and was a dedicated member of the Scarborough Fire Company. Following his retirement, he began a new career as an author and publisher, and his published works include The Great Reindeer Caper, Marrying the Natives, and The Five Day Weekend. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Warren Rinaldo, and by two sons, David Rinaldo and John Rinaldo; a daughter, Marjory Rinaldo-Lee; and five grandchildren.