Robert S. Foote, 85, longtime Darien resident, engineer on GWB design

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RSFooteRobert S. Foote, a former longtime Darien resident, died on Friday, March 30, at the Village at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan. Born Jan. 24, 1927, in Winthrop, Mass., he was the son of the late Helen Spofford and Charles Silas Foote. He was 85.

Mr. Foote received his bachelor’s of naval science degree from Dartmouth College in 1946 and a master of civil engineering degree from Yale University in 1949. He began his career with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, and then completed his Navy service from 1951-53, stationed in Greece.

Upon his return to the Port Authority Mr. Foote was manager of the Research Division of the Tunnels & Bridges Department, where he participated in the design of the lower level of the George Washington Bridge, the catwalk car system in the Lincoln Tunnel, and the preliminary development of automatic vehicle identification systems, the precursor to EZ-Pass.

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Obituary: Rita Frances Jenkins, 78, longtime Darien resident

Rita Frances Jenkins, a Darien resident since 1973, died Tuesday, April 3, at Stamford Hospital. Mrs. Jenkins, 78, was the wife of Daniel Jenkins.

Born Aug. 24, 1933, in Ashtabula, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Loretta Moats Recker.

Mrs. Jenkins graduated from Kent State University and was a parishioner of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Darien.

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Obituary: G. Emerson Cole, 93, former Darien resident, WWII veteran, broadcaster

G. Emerson Cole of Pinehurst, N.C., a former longtime Darien resident, who served in the U.S. Navy in World War II and went on to become a radio broadcaster died Saturday, March 31. He was 93.

• Check out the tribute to Mr. Cole at WIOZ.com

Mr. Cole was born Jan. 5, 1919. He graduated from Cornell University with mechanical engineering and business administration degrees in 1941. Cornell was where Mr. Cole began his career in broadcasting by building and operating a wired college network station, which has become the Cornell FM radio station.

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Obituary: Susan Marie Harnisch, 81, nurse, mother of Darien resident

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03-30-darien-obt-harnisch-0Susan Marie Harnisch, a registered nurse and mother of a Darien resident, died after short illness Wednesday, March 28, at her Wenham, Mass., home, surrounded by her family. She was 81.

Mrs. Harnisch was born in Newark, N.J., on Nov. 5, 1930, the daughter of the late James McLaughlin and Marguerite DeCoursey.

She was raised in Bristol, Vt., and South Hadley, Mass., with her three sisters, Mary M. Rys of Falmouth, Mass., Elizabeth Todt of Sumter, S.C., and the late Patricia Robitaille of Truro, Nova Scotia. She received her registered nursing degree from Mercy Hospital in Springfield in 1951 and received her master’s in education from Antioch College in 1983.

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Obituary: Finn Wettergreen, 67, Rowayton man worked in tanker business, real estate

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03-27-darien-obt-WettergreeFinn Wettergreen, a Norway native who worked in the international tanker business before becoming a Darien and Rowayton Realtor, died Saturday, March 24, at his home in Rowayton. Mr. Wettergreen, 67, was the husband of Terry Wettergreen.

Mr. Wettergreen was born in Oslo, Norway, on June 10, 1944, to Frederik Wettergreen and Hjordis “Vesla” Amundsen. During his early years Mr. Wettergreen attended schools in Oslo and then immigrated to the U.S. as a foreign exchange student while his mother was working in Michigan. He graduated from Midland High School in Michigan in 1962. Afterward, he attended the University of Delaware and then returned to Oslo to complete a business degree at Handels Gymnasium in 1966.

Mr. Wettergreen was in the international tanker business for more 35 years, first working at Stolt Nielsen Ltd. in New York (where he met his wife, Terry, on the 64th floor of the Chrysler Building) and then at Stolt’s offices in Connecticut. He also worked at MT Maritime Management Group in their Singapore and Westport offices. His work in shipping also took him to posts in Copenhagen and Manila.

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Obituary: Elizabeth Burnett Brown, 92, former Darien resident, teacher, artist

Elizabeth Burnett Brown, formerly of Stamford and Darien, a teacher and caregiver, died on Thursday, March 8, at Sharon Hospital after a brief illness. She was 92.

She was the daughter of the late Harold Seymour and Katharine Crane Brown.

Miss Brown was a graduate of Vassar College, Class of 1941, where she studied art and art history. She was an artist, pianist, teacher and caregiver who devoted her life to others with laughter, smiles and wit, her family said. “She delighted in gardening, garden planning and bird watching and was an avid reader and Scrabble player who joyfully anticipated the next book or Scrabble game.”

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Obituary: Kathryn Ann van Renesse, 65, active in Bridgeport, member of Darien’s Morehouse Family

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03-26-darien-obt-van-RenessKathryn Ann van Renesse of Bridgeport, whose mother, Carol Morehouse Jones was from Darien, died Saturday, March 24, at her home, surrounded by her family, after a battle with breast cancer. Mrs. van Renesse, 65, was the wife of Diederik van Renesse.

Born Feb. 6, 1947, in Stamford, she was the daughter of William F. Jones and Carol Morehouse Jones. Mrs. van Renesse was a direct descendant of Elder William Brewster, a signer of the Mayflower Compact, and Cotton Mather, the renowned Pilgrim preacher. She was a graduate of Moravian Seminary for Girls and Cornell University School of Nursing.

After her marriage to Mr. van Renesse in 1971, she spent 15 years in school nursing at Rumsey Hall School in Washington, Conn., Miss Hall’s School, in Pittsfield, Mass., and Indian Mountain School in Lakeville, Conn., and over 20 years as a registered nurse in the Emergency Department at the Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield.

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Obituary: Samuel G. Taylor, 84, longtime Darien resident, U.S. Navy vet, engineer, naval architect

Samuel G. Taylor, a Darien resident since 1954 who owned a consulting business, died Thursday, March 22, at Stamford Hospital.

Born in 1928 in New York City, he was the son of the late Samuel G. Taylor and Louise Townsend Taylor Frodel. He grew up in New York City and Old Greenwich.

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