Staats M Pellett, Jr.

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  • "Uncle Pete was an extraordinary man. It was not until I..."
    - Lucy Fuerstenau Cliby

1930 - 2018
Staats M. Pellett, Jr. (1930 -2018)

Staats ("Pete") M. Pellett, Jr. passed away on January 23, 2018 in New York City. He was born on August 9, 1930 in Franklin, Sussex County, New Jersey, to Staats M. and Lucy (Morrison) Pellett. Pete attended Columbia University, graduating in 1953 from Columbia College with a B.A. degree in Business Administration.

Pete married Doris Dillon on April 19, 1958 in New York City. After 57 years of marriage, she passed away on June 17, 2015 in Sleepy Hollow, New York. They had three children: Marianne (Stephen) Wilson, John Pellett and Jill Pellett Levine, and also four grandchildren: Robert ("Rob") Wilson, Elizabeth ("Beth") Wilson, Alexandria ("Alex") Pellett and Samantha ("Sam") Pellett.

Pete and Doris spent eleven years in San Francisco (1965 – 1976) where he was a vice president for Fireman's Fund/American Express as analyst in charge of their municipal bond portfolio. While in San Francisco he became a Chartered Financial Analyst. The family returned to New York. The family returned to New York in 1976 where he was named vice president of Bessemer Trust in charge of their municipal bond portfolio until his retirement in 1996 as senior vice president.

Pete was a respected member of the municipal bond community. He was a member of the Security Analysts of San Francisco and the Municipal Analysts Group of New York. For the period, 1977 -1979, he was an appointed public member of the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board in Washington, D.C. He was a longtime member of the Society of Municipal Analysts and in 1977 served as national president of the Society.

Over the many years after his graduation, Pete was a lifelong, loyal Columbia Lions fan.
Both Pete and Doris enjoyed attending Columbia football and men's basketball games, and after her passing he continued to enthusiastically attend Columbia football and basketball games, even through the fall of 2017. In addition to regular attendance at Columbia athletic events, Pete and Doris enjoyed attending New York Philharmonic concerts, New York City ballet performances, and traveling in Europe. Pete was also an avid and knowledgeable wine collector.

In addition to his three children and four grandchildren, Pete is survived by his sister, Margaret ("Peggy") Fuerstenau and her husband, Doug, who live in Santa Rosa, California.

A graveside memorial will be held in Hamburg, New Jersey on June 16.
Published on NYTimes.com from June 11 to June 12, 2018