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Marcel Corbat of Stamford CT and Wilmington VT, age 97, died peacefully on February 17. 2013. He was the beloved husband of the late Arlette Corbat, and father of the late
Cristiane Corbat Westlake. He is survived by his daughter Monique Corbat-Brooks of Greenwich, three grand children; Melissa Westlake, Michelle Parrish, Amanda Westlake, one great grand child; Corbin Brooks Parrish, two nieces; Francoise Blanc, Muriel Corbat, three nephews; Michael Blanc, Thierry Corbat, Phillippe Corbat, and two sons-in-law; Robert Westlake, Steven Brooks.
Born in the village of Courgenay Switzerland to Marie and Xavier Corbat, he was the second of five sons. As a youth he developed a love of music playing the piano and accordion and with a natural facility for languages he mastered German and French and later Spanish and English. Educated at the Ecole de Commerce in Bienne and the University of Neuchatel as a CPA, he joined the Geneva accounting firm of Bourquin Freres et Corbat. In 1942 he married Arlette Emma Favre and during the war years, served a total of three years as a First Lieutenant in the Swiss Army. After the war the family moved first to Lima Peru, and in 1950 to Stamford, Connecticut where, in partnership with his brother-in-law Albert Blanc, he owned and operated the electrical component firms of Sorenson & Co. and Thermosen Inc. In 1951, he joined the Stamford Rotary Club and served as its president in 1960. He organized the Stamford Rotary Trust Fund A to provide scholarships for the youth of Stamford and in 1964 he was elected District Governor of Rotary District 798. He later was a founder of the Greenwich-Riverside Rotary Club. Corbat served Rotary in multiple leadership capacities including Director of Rotary International in 1970 and in 1971 was elected first Vice President of Rotary International. He traveled widely for Rotary representing the President at 49 District Conferences within the US and at Rotary Clubs in 16 Foreign Nations always with his wife Arlette at his side. He was active locally in the United Fund, the Low Heywood School, and was President of the Rehabilitation Center of Southwestern Connecticut. He was a member of the Chevaliers du Tastevin of Fairfield County often leading his friends in a "ban burguignon" in appreciation of a fine meal served with fine Burgundy wine. Always athletic, he climbed the Matterhorn as a young man, skied throughout his life and in retirement stayed active mowing the fields at his Vermont farm, and playing tennis with friends in Key Biscayne Florida. Since 1999 he and Arlette have lived at Edgehill in Stamford where he played the piano for a faithful group of singing friends every Monday night and was known affectionately as the "Music Man". A memorial service will be held at Edgehill, 122 Palmer Hill Road, Stamford, on March 9 at 2:00pm. Donations may be made to the Rotary Club of Stamford Trust Fund A, PO Box 8026, Stamford, CT 06905. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.leopgallagherstamford.com.
Published in StamfordAdvocate on Feb. 23, 2013