Gil died Mar. 8, 2002, of leukemia in East Tennessee, where he lived for 20 years on a horse ranch in a home that he and his wife, Eileen, had built.
A Choate School graduate, Gil studied engineering at Princeton, taking a BSE degree in 1947 and an MSE in 1948, with US Navy service from 1943-45. He worked for seven years for Electronics Associates and Honeywell, then founded a successful vending-machine company, Avenco, which he sold in 1970.
Gil then took to the sea in his ketch, sailing the East Coast. In Florida, he spent more than three years building a 41-ft. ketch, sailing the Caribbean for the next five years.
Married in 1945, he and Eileen raised two daughters, Laura and Julia, and two sons, Wayne and Peter. In addition to raising horses, dogs, cats, and chickens, the Tottens enjoyed playing music at home and in their community. Gil is survived as well by 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and two brothers, George and Bertrand. The class joins the family in mourning the loss of a grand guy and loyal Tiger.
The Class of 1946