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Peter E. McElligott

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McElligott, Peter E. NISKAYUNA Peter E. McElligott, 77, passed away peacefully at Ellis Hospital on March 4, 2013. He was born in New York City in 1935 to Edward and Elizabeth McElligott, of Vestal NY. He received his B.S in nuclear engin-eering from North Carolina State in 1957, and his M.S and Ph.D. from Rennselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1961 and 1966 respectively. Pete retired from a long career as a physicist, physical chemist and manager at the GE Research and Development Center in 1993. After his "official" retirement, he went on to support a number of small high tech start up businesses at the U-Start Business Incubator at Union College. Pete maintained a lifelong passion for music, and he had reportedly been seen in public playing guitar, banjo, hammered dulcimer and concertina (although he never made much money at it). His other passions have included woodworking, competitive handgun shooting, photography and model ships. Pete is survived by his wife, Flit McElligott of Niskayuna; brother, Paul and Kathy McElligott of Colonie; sister, Katherine Anderson of Pittsburgh Pa. and sons, Brian and Denis McElligott of the Washington D.C. area. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Caitlyn and Christopher McElligott; nephews, Matthew McElligott and Mark Anderson; nieces, Jennifer Littman, Isabelle Kingsley and Kim and Kay Hughes. Pete was predeceased by his brothers-in-law, Robert Anderson and Edward Hughes, and sister-in-law, Isabelle Gijanto. A viewing will be held at the Jones Funeral Home, 1503 Union St., Schenectady from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013. The funeral will be held on Friday, March 8 at 10 a.m. at the same location, followed by internment at Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WAMC-FM (; WMHT-FM ( or the Animal Protective Foundation ( For directions and online condolences, please visit
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Jones Funeral Home
1503 Union Street Schenectady, NY 12309
(518) 346-3881
Published in Albany Times Union from Mar. 6 to Mar. 7, 2013
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