Obituary: Sigmund John Montgomery, seven-decade Darien resident, finance professor

Sigmund John Montgomery, age 96, a Darien resident for about seventy years, passed away peacefully February 27, 2017 at Waveny Care Center with his loving wife Ruth by his side. John was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 10, 1920, and grew up in Katonah, New York. He earned a B.S. in Engineering from Columbia in 1942, then served in the 8th Air Force, assigned to General Eisenhower's staff in England and France. He left the military as a Major with a Bronze Star in 1946. After the war, John returned to Columbia, becoming an Assistant Professor at Columbia’s Engineering School in 1948, teaching there till 1959. John moved to Darien in 1947, and began consulting in management and engineering. Later, he earned a Ph.D. in Accounting from the NYU School of Business.  After NYU, he helped develop the Graduate School of Business at the University of Connecticut Storrs and the MBA program in Stamford.  While he was teaching in Connecticut, the University of Connecticut loaned him to the city of Stamford to be Commissioner of Finance and he also continued consulting.

Dr. Montgomery is survived by his second wife, Ruth Richardson Montgomery, his daughter Cynthia Kowalski, her husband Dr. Ronald Kowalski, of Skaneateles, NY,  their 5 children and 4 grandchildren.  Also surviving are 3 step-children, Charles Skeele, Harrison Skeele, and Sarah Post. John was predeceased by his first wife Jean Montgomery.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, March 4 at Lakeview Cemetery in New Canaan at 11:00 a.m., followed by a celebration of John’s life at Christ Community Church, 988 Post Road, Darien, at 12:00 p.m. with the Rev. Harrison F. Skeele officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( For online condolences and directions, visit