Eugene Richard Dehmel, a longtime resident of Greenwich and recently a resident of Atria of Darien, passed away quietly on May 1, 2014. Mr. Dehmel was born a German citizen on Nov. 13, 1923, in what is now Lodz, Poland.
Mr. Dehmel was drafted into the German Army in the latter part of World War II and served as an engineer in Italy. After the war, Mr. Dehmel stayed in Italy to study for one year at the University of Milan. Mr. Dehmel moved to England where he earned his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the Polish University College at the University of London. Mr. Dehmel immigrated to St. Louis in 1951 and completed advanced studies in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis and at Columbia University. He became a U.S. citizen several years later.
Mr. Dehmel began his professional career at General Foods, where he was a project manager in the development of Maxwell House Instant Coffee. Mr. Dehmel went on to work as an international businessman for such companies as Union Carbide and International Minerals and Chemicals Corporation, before finally retiring from what is now Mallinckrodt. Throughout his professional career, Mr. Dehmel traveled extensively abroad and visited more than 100 countries. Mr. Dehmel spoke five languages fluently and several more conversationally.
Mr. Dehmel met his beloved Brenda through a ski club in New York City. Married in 1962, he and Brenda moved to Greenwich in 1966. In addition to travel, Mr. Dehmel enjoyed skiing, relaxing at the Belle Haven Club, and in his last years, spending time with his six grandchildren. Mr. Dehmel is survived by his wife Brenda, his son Paul, daughter-in-law Jennifer and their four children, all residents of Darien, and his daughter Karen, son-in-law Andrew and their two children, all of Solana Beach, California. Mr. Dehmel is also survived by his sister Halina and brother-in-law Gerd and their two children, all of Hanover, Germany.
The family is planning a private celebration of Mr. Dehmel’s life. Memorial donations may be made to Masonicare Home Health & Hospice, c/o The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, 74 Cheshire Road, P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492.
— by The Darien Times