Obituary: Walter N. Plaut, beloved family man, dedicated to Scouting
Walter N. Plaut, age 97 passed away on July 4, 2016 in Norwalk, CT. He was born on January 17th, 1919 in New York City to Edith Plaut and Edward Plaut. His two brothers, Albert and Edward preceded him in death. Walter married Sally Barton Hayes on January 1, 1946 in Chicago, IL. Together they built a life and raised a family in Rowayton, Connecticut.
Walter graduated from The Lawrenceville School in New Jersey in 1937 and Wesleyan University in 1941. After graduation, he worked for The Westinghouse Corporation at a job "critical to the war effort".
Walter joined the Army Air Corp as a top turret gunner on B-17s and flew his first combat mission over Normandy on June 6, 1944. He was stationed in London where he met Sally, who was serving as a Woman's Army Corp Staff Sergeant and working as a Cryptographer at the American Embassy in London.
In addition to being an outstanding family man, Walter was very active in the community. Given that Scouting was very important to him, he served on the board of Mauwehu Council of Boy Scouts of America and as a Scoutmaster of Troop 2 for which he was the recipient of the 1976 Silver Antelope Scouting Award, eventually retiring with over 30 years of volunteer work with BSA.
As a trustee, he was forever committed to The Lawrenceville School. He served as President of the Lawrenceville Alumni Association from 1962-1966. Lawrenceville remained dear to him as his son, Walter Plaut Jr. graduated in 1966 as well as two grandchildren, Jennifer Plaut 1996 and Ethan Plaut in 2000. He also served as a Trustee to the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Columbia University. At the same time in 1970, he served as the chairman of Norwalk, Connecticut's United Way Campaign. From 1970-1974, he was Chairman of the Board of Trustees at the Thomas School in Rowayton, Connecticut. During this time he was also an associate of the management consulting firm, Frank C. Brown & Co., Inc.
As President of Lehn & Fink until it sold to Sterling Drugs in 1967, Walter managed to balance his family life with community involvement. He enthusiastically supported his family's activities, had a wonderful sense of humor, complemented by an unsurpassed generous spirit. He absolutely loved life! He volunteered at the Maritime Museum in Norwalk, Ct. with his second wife Beryl Plaut, whom he married in 1996. Both Beryl and Walter are remembered on a volunteer plaque at the museum, recognized as giving over 10000 hours of service between 2001 and 2012. For many years he read for and provided audio books for the blind. This influence carried over to his children, Walter Plaut Jr. ( deceased 2014) married to Suzanne Post Plaut ( Jennifer and Ethan); Howard Plaut- (Matthew and Jason); Mary Plaut Solomon married to Joe Solomon
(Ann Baker and Steven Solomon); Andrew Plaut married to Lennie Dietz Plaut (Stephanie Plaut Thurston, Nick, Sara and Samantha). Sally Hayes Plaut preceded Walter in death in 1994. Walter Plaut is survived by his second wife, Beryl Plaut, whom he married in 1996.
In lieu of flowers, enjoy a glass of Merlot tonight.
— by the Family