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Henry S. Peltz

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MANCHESTER -- Henry Stevenson Peltz died peacefully at home Monday, March 5, 2007, after a long illness.

Henry was born March 19, 1927, in New York, to John DeWitt and Mary Ellis Peltz (nee Opdyke). He grew up in New York City and attended the Allen-Stevenson School, then the Groton School, where he graduated in 1945. Despite losing the function of one kidney, Henry served his country in World War II in the American Field Service as an ambulance driver, doing tours of duty in Burma and India.

Upon returning, Henry spent summers with his family at their home in Bar Harbor, Maine, playing his two favorite games: golf and bridge. He played golf weekly at the Kebo Valley Golf Club, and attended church services at St. Savior’s Episcopal Church. He graduated from Harvard in 1949, then Harvard Business School in 1951.

In his professional career, Henry worked as an analyst for several firms on Wall Street, including Tri-Continental, Kidder Peabody, and Salomon Brothers. In 1984 he joined Keefe, Bruyette and Woods, where he headed up their research department specializing in thrifts, savings and loans, and other bank stocks. He contributed his insight to the American Banker newspaper, plus numerous other publications, broadcasts, and books pertaining to the banking industry. He retired in 1992.

Henry married the former Katharine Salle in September 1971, moved to Ardsley-on-Hudson, N.Y., and began a family. In his spare time, he volunteered as a driver on the Irvington (NY) Volunteer Ambulance Corps, a member of the school board in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., and as a trustee of the Phelps Hospital in Tarrytown, N.Y. He attended St. Joseph of Arimethea Church in Elmsford, N.Y., where he served as a lay reader. The Dobbs Ferry High School chapter of AFS was started with his help.

He was a member of the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck, N.Y., for more than 25 years. When the United States Open Golf Championship was played there in 1974 and 1984, Henry volunteered as a marshal on the 18th hole. He also was a member of the Ekwanok Country Club in Manchester, where he played in the weekly men’s hat pool tournaments. He also was a member of the Manchester Bridge Club.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Henry B. Peltz of Albany N.Y., and John S. Peltz of Somerville, Mass., and a twin sister, Mary Nevius, of Farmington, Conn. A brother, John DeWitt Peltz, died in 2002.

A graveside service is planned for this May, at Dellwood Cemetery, Manchester.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to AFS-USA Student Scholarships, 1 Whitehall Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10016.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Mahar & Son Funeral Home, Bennington.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 10, 2007
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