Malcolm Rennie Platt

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Griswold - Malcolm Rennie Platt was born June 19, 1922, in the family home in Pomfret. His parents, James Nelson Platt and Eunice (Auger) Platt, were teachers who taught in Palatka, Fla., and chose to spend their summers in Connecticut. The family moved to Connecticut permanently, and he finished high school in Putnam. Malcolm attended The University of Connecticut and graduated in 1944, with a degree in engineering. He entered military service in September 1944 during World War II, completed infantry Officer Candidate School in 1945, and served in the Philippine Islands.

He met his wife, Margaret "Peggy", while stationed in Manila, P.I. They were married in Newark, N.J., in 1946.

After the war years, Malcolm taught engineering at the University of Connecticut and later at Pittsfield (Mass.) High School. Mal was recalled to duty during the Korean conflict and spent two years in Pusan, Korea. He then worked for five years for the Army at Fort Belvoir, Va., as an equipment development engineer. He closed his working career at Electric Boat in Groton.

He retired in 1986, and spent the rest of his life doing the things he loved most, helping his children and friends with building projects and solving their problems. He loved traveling by car and playing golf.

In addition to Peggy, his wife of 66 years, Malcolm will be deeply missed by his daughter, Kathleen Ryan and her husband, Dr. Raymond Ryan, his daughter, Valerie Thompson and her husband, David, his son, Malcolm Robert Platt and his wife, Jeanne, and his daughter, Candace Phinney and her husband, Donald. In addition he leaves his beloved grandchildren, Melissa Carman and her husband, Matthew, Amanda Ryan, Candace Janish, Dr. Lisa Beck and her husband, Robert, John Powell III and his wife, Annie, Heather Platt, Kimberly Platt, and Amber Platt. In addition, he leaves behind nine beloved great-grandchildren. Malcolm is survived by a brother, James Nelson Platt and his wife, Ethel; a cousin, Merritt E. Peck; and a sister-in-law, Mary Beachell.

Burial will be in the Abington Cemetery in Abington. Church and Allen Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. There will be no calling hours, but a memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at the Newent Congregational Church in Lisbon.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his name to the Newent Congregational Church, where he was an active member for more than 50 years.

Malcolm had a wonderful and rewarding life and truly lived the American Dream. His greatest joy was to see his children and grandchildren grow up into the wonderful people they have become. He was extraordinarily proud of them all as they were of him.

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Published in The Day on Mar. 12, 2013
Malcolm R. Platt
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