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Dec.8, 2010

Vol. 111, No. 5

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Stephen Valentine III ’47 *49

Published in the Dec.8, 2010, issue

Note: The following memorial is a corrected version of the one published in the Dec. 8, 2010, issue.

“Pete” received his bachelor’s degree in 1947 and went on to earn a master’s degree in mechanical engineering at Princeton focusing on the catalytic-cracking process of crude oil.

His expertise led to 20 years of research work with the Socony Mobil Co., including many trips to Europe.

Pete’s first marriage ended in a divorce that left him in charge of raising five children, a challenge he happily accepted and successfully met. Fortunately, too, in ’74, Pete met and married Christine, “a delightful English woman” as he called her, who lived in Birney, Mont., under the “big sky.” She persuaded Pete to change his life and move to this sparsely settled town near the Bighorn Mountains. Pete opened a general store and taught school at a nearby Indian reservation.

For a while, Pete, raised as an Eastern city boy, felt like a foreigner in his new environment. But in time, perhaps in part because of his Quaker faith, he came to love the quiet solitude of his surroundings — so conducive to meditation.

He died July 1, 2010.

Our discerning classmate, Koke Kokatnur, remembers Pete as a “fun-loving, wonderful guy” who thoroughly enjoyed his days at Old Nassau. We send our warm wishes to Christine and Pete’s four surviving children. Pete's middle son predeceased him in 2002.

The Class of 1947

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