Robert Hayward Stengel ’50

Robert Hayward Stengel ’50 died on December 18, 2007, in Concord, Massachusetts.

Born in Boston, Mass., on May 1, 1928, he prepared for college at Belmont (Mass.) High School and became a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Bowdoin. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II from 1945 to 1946 and during the Korean conflict from 1951 to 1953, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He began his long career in the food industry at Stengel & Company, a Boston-based food brokerage business owned by his father. In 1958, he joined Durkee Famous Foods and managed the firm’s Northeast Regional Sales Division. In 1970, he became vice president/general manager of Squirrel Brand Company in Cambridge, Mass., a candy manufacturer and nut processor. He served as the president of three related candy manufacturing organizations and helped with the development of new food products and production methods. He retired in 1999. He was a member of the Trinitarian Congregational Church, the Cambridge Rotary Club, and the Chamber of Commerce. He successfully completed the 1962 and 1963 Boston Marathons. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Browne) Stengel, whom he married in 1951; two sons, Brad Stengel of Stoughton, Mass., and Rob Stengel of Berkeley, Calif.; a daughter, Martha Ryan of Concord, Mass.; a sister, Anita Clos of Wake Forest, N.C.; and three grandchildren.