Montville - William Lathrop Huntington Jr., 90, of Academy Point at Mystic, died Dec. 25, 2012, at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital.
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Born in Norwich, on July 24, 1922, he was the son of William L. Huntington Sr. and Doris (Drake) Huntington. A longtime resident of Norwich, he resided in Uncasville for the last 36 years. Mr. Huntington was a 1940 graduate of Norwich Free Academy and received a degree in civil engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1949. He was a Fellow and life member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a member of the Connecticut Society of Civil Engineers.
He married Eleanor Margaret (Mueller) on Jan. 5, 1945, in Norwich. She predeceased him in 2000.
Retiring in 1976 from the Connecticut Department of Transportation, Mr. Huntington rose from engineers' helper to become its chief of engineer and director of Construction & Maintenance. He worked as a highway department inspector in New London and Groton when the Gold Star Bridge interchanges were being built in the early 1940s. He again worked in New London and Groton as the project director in the early 1970s on the entire work of the I-95 bridges and approaches. Following his retirement, he became president and executive director of the Connecticut Bituminous Concrete Producers Association.
Mr. Huntington was a veteran of World War II, serving as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Corps. He also served in Korea in 1951 to 1953 as a captain and battery commander in anti-aircraft artillery. He later served in the National Guard as a lieutenant colonel in command of the 192nd Engineer Battalion with headquarters in New London. Following his military retirement in 1966 as a colonel, he became a member of the Retired Officers Association and served as the chaplain and adjutant of the New London Chapter of the Military Order of World Wars.
As a member of the Connecticut Society of Genealogists, Mr. Huntington traced his ancestry directly back to Simon and Christopher Huntington, who helped settle Norwich in 1659. He was past president of the Huntington Family Association, a national group of some 1600 persons of Huntington ancestry. Mr. Huntington was also a member of the Nathan Hale and Samuel Huntington Chapters of the Sons of the American Revolution and the Society of the Founders of Norwich.
During the 1960s he was active with the Norwich Little League and was instrumental in securing federal loans to construct the present little league complex on Otrobando Avenue, where one of the fields is named for him.
He will be deeply missed by his two sons, William L. Huntington III and his wife, Susan, of Oakdale, and James L. Huntington and his wife, Suzanne, of Voluntown; and a brother, Robert Huntington and his wife, Florence, of Norwich. In addition, he is survived by three grandchildren, Jill Mazzalupo, Melissa Huntington, and William Huntington IV; and three great-grandchildren, James, Matthew, and Olivia.
The family wants to thank Academy Point at Mystic and the 4.1 staff at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital for their kindness and caring.
A private service will be held at Yantic Cemetery at the convenience of the family. There are no calling hours.
To leave a message of condolence for Mr. Huntington's family, please visit his memorial at www.churchandallen.com
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Mr. Huntington's memory may be made to the Governor Samuel Huntington Trust, Inc., PO Box 231, Scotland, CT 06264.
The Church and Allen Funeral Home, 136 Sachem St. Norwich, is entrusted with arrangements.
Published in The Day on Dec. 27, 2012