BRUSH, ABBOTT PURDY, II Abbott Purdy Brush, II of Woodbridge, CT, died Sept. 6th, 2016. He was born in Greenwich, CT on August 22nd, 1952, to Joan Penovi and the late Abbott Hodgman Brush. Abbott is a direct descendent of Benjamin Brush, one of the early founders of Greenwich, arriving in 1725. He graduated from GHS in 1970 and received his BS ‘74 and MAF ‘76 in Environmental and Computer Science from Yale University. While at Yale he met the late Wanda Peterson. Always together, they married and made their home in Woodbridge. They shared an insatiable appetite for learning, lively debate, and travel. Creative and highly energetic, Abbott was both a leader and an innovator in the field of computer science. As a Senior Technologist and IT Architect he was renown for writing impeccable code and inventive algorithms. During his tenure at IBM he co-authored 12 US patent offerings for virtual reality/3D graphics. A natural athlete all his life, he excelled at swimming, crew and ultimately, windsurfing. He could be found windsurfing in the New Haven harbor in the middle of winter, having a blast in even the most extreme conditions. Abbott adored adventure, and taking epic hikes in the surrounding woods with his best dog Goldie. Generous and kind, he sought to care for people less fortunate than himself within his community. He is survived by his mother Joan Potter of Greenwich, CT, and sisters; Joan Brush of Providence, RI and Suzanne Brush of Stamford, CT. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 12th, 2016, 11:00am at the United Church of Christ, 5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT. Friends are welcome. Internment will be private.
Published in The New Haven Register from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2016.