Obituary: Hubert A. “Hugh” Stommel

obit-stommel 02-26Hubert A. “Hugh” Stommel, age 82, passed away on February 19, 2015. Mr. Stommel was born and raised in Hammond, Indiana. He graduated from Purdue University in 1954 with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering, and in 1959 he received his MBA from Columbia Business School, where he was president of his class. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps during 1955-57, and in 1966 was presented with a bronze merit award by the Greater New York Fund for ‘outstanding community service’ in fundraising.

Early in his career, Mr. Stommel worked for Union Carbide Plastics, Celanese, and Booz, Allen & Hamilton management consultants. In 1971 he started his own management consulting firm, Stommel Associates, Inc., which until 2001 was headquartered on the Post Road in Darien, CT. The firm specialized in the plastics and office furniture industries, completing competitive strategy assignments internationally for over 90 clients, including five of the Fortune 100. In 1987 and again in 1990, Stommel Associates, Inc. was named one of the top 100 consulting firms in the United States by Consultants News for ‘quality of work and reputation’.

Mr. Stommel has resided for the last 40- plus years primarily in Darien and Norwalk, CT, and enjoyed winters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He served on the Board of Directors of Columbia Business School, and that of Hilltop Homes, Inc. He was a member of the Landmark Club and the United Church of Rowayton.

Mr. Stommel is survived by his daughter, Kirsten Gonneville, son in law Keith, and his beloved granddaughters, Brinley and Jensen, of Medway, Massachusetts; his sister, Evelyn Greene and her husband, Bob of Tuscon, AZ; his sister in law Charlotte Stommel of Cross Lanes, WV; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his son, Eric and brother, Ray. A memorial service will be held at the United Church of Rowayton at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 28. In lieu of flowers, please direct contributions to the American Cancer Society.

— by the Family