Erwin died Jan. 18, 2005, at home in Ridgefield, Conn., after a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 83.
Raised in New Jersey, he attended Plainfield High School and Union College before transferring to Princeton as a junior in 1942. He was a member of Key and Seal Club.
Due to service in the Army Signal Corps, including 18 months in the Philippines, Erwin's graduation was delayed until 1947, when he earned a bachelor's in chemical engineering with high honors. Erwin later earned a master's from the University of Pennsylvania.
He held respected research positions in several chemical companies, but put business behind him after retirement from American Cyanamid. He continued beekeeping and running, finishing several marathons and half-marathons with good times. Erwin volunteered at Danbury [Conn.] Hospital, read seriously, and remained active on committees and teaching at his Lutheran church. He and his wife of 56 years, Dorothy, traveled extensively.
In the beginning, Erwin attended Reunions every five years, but before the 50th began to attend annually with Dorothy.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include a son, Frederick R.; three daughters, Carol Lambiase, Mary Magnoli, and Laura Bradford; six grandchildren; and a brother, Alfred G. To them all, we'll miss him.
The Class of 1944