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Thomas P. Hurley

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POWNAL -- Thomas P. Hurley, of Pownal, died on Aug. 19, 2006, at the Berkshire Medical Center, after a long battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife, Marjorie; his sons, Steve of Seattle, Wash., Patrick, of Zurich, Switzerland; a daughter Dr. Susan Hurley, of Studio City, Calif.; granddaughters Ariel and Lyla; and daughter-in-law Lauren.

Tom was born in 1918 in Haverhill, Mass., where he graduated high school. He received degrees with honors from both the Franklin Institute and Brown University. He was a radar specialist in the Navy during World War II, and worked as a chemical engineer at Sprague Electric in North Adams, Mass., from 1948 until his retirement in 1987, with three U.S. patents in his name. In retirement, he traveled the world with his wife. Among other achievements, he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa at the age of 70, and bungee jumped into a gorge in New Zealand at the age of 75. He volunteered for the Red Cross many times, including such events as the Northridge Earthquake in California, and hurricanes and floods in Puerto Rico and Kansas City. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Taconic Golf Club for 47 years. In the last 14 years of his retirement, he and Marjorie spent winters in Mexico and Naples, Fla.

Donations in his honor can be made to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington. A memorial service will be held there, at 108 School St., Bennington on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at 2 p.m.
Published in Bennington Banner on Aug. 24, 2006
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