NEW LONDON - Richard Edwy Buttolph Little, 81, died Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at his home.
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He was born on April 29, 1932, in Mt. Kisco, N.Y., the son of Clayton Edwy Buttolph and Helen Carpenter (Quigley) Buttolph. His name was legally changed to "Little" when his mother married his stepfather Eugene Eldridge Little.
Following graduation from Newton, Mass. High School in 1950, Dick went to Bowdoin College, where he graduated in 1954 with a degree in mathematics and an ROTC commission as second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps. A member of Alpha Delta Phi fraternity at Bowdoin, Dick played varsity baseball and was a tenor in the glee club.
Following college, Dick served two years in the Army Security Agency, assigned to the National Security Agency, where he was engaged in code-breaking and related computer-based applications, reaching the rank of first lieutenant. Returning to civilian life in 1956, he was a developer of system software, and did logic design for military computers, at Sylvania Electronic Systems and continued as a system architect and developer for Honeywell. Joining GTE in 1970, through his retirement in 1993 his work included global assignments providing engineering support to many development groups as well as project management of large initiatives. Dick held his PMP credential and several patents.
Since retirement, Dick has been an active volunteer, serving such organizations as the New London Historical Society (President), Summer Music Associates, Kearsarge Chorale (Treasurer), and the First Baptist Church of New London. He has also led study groups in science, mathematics, and philosophy in the Adventures in Learning Program of Colby-Sawyer College, and was a member of the New London Rotary Club and the Country Squires. Dick was a member of the Lake Sunapee Country Club, Brae Burn Country Club in Newton, Mass., and Dedham, Mass. Country and Polo Club.
In 1954, Dick married Susan Whiting Lowell and, after his Army Service in Washington, D.C., the couple lived in several Massachusetts locations; Bethesda, Md.; and Oakton, Va. On retiring, they moved to New London.
Dick is predeceased by his sister, Elizabeth Little Pike.
Dick is survived by his wife, Susan; and their daughter, Cynthia Little and partner Amy Rossiter of Sherborn, Mass.; and their son, Douglas Little and wife Susan of Portland, Ore. Other family members who survive him include nephews, a niece, and their families, Jeffrey and Jill Quillen of Hingham, Mass., Todd and Ingrid Quillen of Kuwait, Thomas and Donna Lowell of Palm City, Fla., Scott and Alison Lowell of Medfield, Mass., Sally Pike and Rick Little of Rocky Face, Ga., Stephen Pike of Chicago, and Robert and Victoria Pike of Gambier, Ohio.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m., at the First Baptist Church of New London.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to New London Hospital, 273 County Road, New London, 03257.
To sign an online guestbook please visit chadwickfuneralservice.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on May 3, 2013