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Robert W. Pratt IV of Essex, Connecticut, passed away peacefully on June 12, 2017. He was 86.

The son of Caroline (White) and Robert W. Pratt III, he was raised in Warwick Neck, Rhode Island, where he acquired a lifelong love of sailing. He attended the Moses Brown School until he moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas, following his junior year in high school. In 1953, he graduated from the University of Texas, where he was an active member and president of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. After graduation, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army during the days leading up to America’s entry into the Vietnam War.

In 1957, Bob married the love of his life, Ann Prosswimmer. They began their married life in Providence, where he worked for his father conducting market research. They then moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he received his M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan.

The Pratts lived in many places during their long marriage, including Greenwich; Louisville, Kentucky; Simsbury, Conn., and Rye. In 2006, they moved to Essex.

Mr. Pratt had a long career in business. He joined General Electric Company in 1963 as an economist and spent 14 years with GE in marketing and strategic planning assignments. He was later responsible for strategy development at Heublein, Inc., R.J. Reynolds Food & Beverage Group, and Avon Products, Inc. He retired from Avon as Executive Vice President and a member of the Corporate Executive Committee. During his long career, he found great joy in mentoring others and went out of his way to do so.

From 1992 through 1998, he taught a course in Strategic Marketing Planning at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business Planning where he was Marketing-Executive-in-Residence and Adjunct Professor.

Service was an important part of his life. He was a former member of the Kentucky Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors and served on several non-profit boards, including The Osborn Retirement Community, the Marketing Science Institute, and Ventures in Education.

His other passion was business ethics. He was a supporter and board member of The Institute for Global Ethics for many years. Bob and Ann’s enthusiasm and support also helped launch ethics education at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Their generosity will support that educational endeavor well into the future.

A wise and gentle man, he was devoted to his wife, his family, and to his country. He believed strongly in the responsibility of each person to contribute towards the broader social good. Bob gave generously of his time, encouragement, and expertise, and worked quietly and diligently throughout his life to leave the world a better place than he found it.

His wife Ann passed away in Essex on March 8, 2017. He is survived by his sisters, Imogene Pratt Luther and Cynthia W. Pratt; his brothers, Sam and Thomas White, his daughters, Cynthia Pratt and Carrie Pratt; and his grandchildren, Kwena and Tumi Moloto.

Interment was held July 1 at the Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.

Memorial donations may be sent to The World Ocean School, PO Box 51091, Boston, MA 02205. To share a memory of Robert, or send a condolence to his family, visit www.rwwfh.com.

<<Margaret Dunne>>

Margaret M. Dunne passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at her home in Old Saybrook, Conn., on May 20, 2017.

Born in Ireland, she was the daughter of Armour and Margaret (McSweeney) Meldrum.

She married William J. Dunne in Dublin, Ireland. In the 1950s, they moved to New York, where they started a family and eventually settled in Rye.

She received Master of Fine Arts from Manhattanville College, where she continued her love of the arts as an Adjunct Professor of Art Education.

Not only was she an accomplished artist and exceptional pianist, she was also an avid tennis player and golf enthusiast.

She and her husband moved to Old Saybrook in 2014. He survives her, as do their five children: Michael (Dana) of Old Saybrook, David (Peggy) of Yonkers, John (Karen) of Auburn, N.Y., Sheila of Old Saybrook, and Lynda (Mike) of Cornwall, N.Y. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren: Nicole, Patrick, Maggie, Betsy Dunne, Ian, Aiden, Mairead, Casey, Molly, Rory, Katie, Liam, Emma, Mikey, Carley, and Meghan.

A memorial service was held June 17 at 11 at the Church of St. John in Old Saybrook.

Donations may be made to the ALS Foundation.

Compiled by Robin Jovanovich

Alexander John Abate died peacefully in his sleep the morning of June 7, 2017, at his home in Port Chester, N.Y. Born November 14, 2000, AJ was the son of John Thomas and Kimberly (Toor) Abate and he grew up in Rye. 

While limited physically and mentally from birth, AJ’s ability to impact lives through his spirit, attitude, and smile was monumental. He was a gift to all who came in contact with him from day one. His spirit will live within all he touched in his nearly 17 years on earth. 

In addition to his parents, AJ is survived by his brother, Andrew (Drew) and his sister, Abigail (Abby); his grandparents, Mario and Rita Abate; his great-aunt, Vickie Barrows; aunts and uncles, Kevin and Christine Toor, Jane and Kevin Nugent, Mary Jo Tucker and Bobby Bramson, Carolyn and Tom Lowenthal, Laura and Steven Schaffer, and Donna and Jim Potter; and 22 first cousins.

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated June 12 at the Church of the Resurrection in Rye. 

Donations in AJ Abate’s memory may be made to Our Lady of Lourdes School, 468 West 143rd Street, NY, NY 10031, or Blythedale Children’s Hospital, att. Jane MacDonald, 95 Bradhurst Ave., Valhalla, NY 10595.

Margaret G. Treganowan passed away on June 8, 2017. She was 70.

Born in New Rochelle, on March 8, 1947, she was the daughter of Charles and Loretta (Culley) McAloon.

For many years, she worked as a bookkeeper at P&H Painting.

She was predeceased by her husband, Donald C. Treganowan. She is survived by her daughters, Kristin Cicchiello and her husband Philip of Rye, and Casey Siegenfeld and her partner Gary Ward of Los Angeles; as well as her grandchildren, Ryan and Jack Cicchiello.

The family received friends at Graham Funeral Home on June 10. A prayer service followed.

Donations in Margaret Treganowan’s memory may be made to the American Lung Association (www.lung.org).

Elizabeth Smith, 52, of Rye, beloved mother, sister, daughter, family member, and friend, died peacefully on June 10, 2017 at Greenwich Hospital surrounded by family, following a courageous battle with cancer.

Born Elizabeth Bishop Smith on February 8, 1965 in Boston, she was the daughter of Robert M. Smith and Ellen (Prouty) Smith. After spending her childhood years in Cohasset, Mass., she and her family moved to the Philadelphia area, where she graduated from Episcopal Academy. In 1988, she earned a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Hartford.

For a number of years, she worked at Miller, Anderson & Sherrard, an investment management firm in West Conshohocken, Pa., where she earned the professional designation of Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

She married and raised her family in Brooklyn and Rye, where she was an active member of the community, cultivating meaningful and lasting friendships with many.

An avid traveler, Ms. Smith enjoyed exploring foreign and even exotic locales and cultures around the world. Besides being the chief instigator of several women’s poker groups, she served on board of trustees of the Rye Historical Society and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of Mayflower Descendants.

The accomplishment in which she took the greatest pride and satisfaction was her four children: Robert (Rob) Hash, a resident of Steamboat Springs, CO; William (Will) Hash, a student at Tulane University; George Hash, who recently graduated from Brunswick School in Greenwich, and will attend Virginia Tech in the fall; and Aubrey Hash, a student at Sacred Heart in Greenwich.

In addition to her four children, she leaves her father, Robert Smith and his wife Mary, of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; her mother, Ellen Cotts and her husband Ron Cotts of Boulder; her sisters, Cathy Smith of Auburn, N.H., Allison Smith of East Granby, Conn., and Melissa Smith of Washington, D.C., as well as two nieces and one nephew. She was predeceased by her sister, Debbie Smith.

Funeral services and burial were private. A public memorial service will be held locally at a future date, time, and place to be announced.

Donations in Betsy Smith’s memory may be directed to Doctors Without Borders.

Margaret M. Dunne passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family, at her home in Old Saybrook, Conn., on May 20, 2017.

Born in Ireland, she was the daughter of Armour and Margaret (McSweeney) Meldrum.

She married William J. Dunne in Dublin, Ireland. In the 1950s, they moved to New York, where they started a family and eventually settled in Rye.

She received Master of Fine Arts from Manhattanville College, where she continued her love of the arts as an Adjunct Professor of Art Education.

Not only was she an accomplished artist and exceptional pianist, but she was also an avid tennis player and golf enthusiast.

She and her husband moved to Old Saybrook in 2014. He survives her, as do their five children: Michael (Dana) of Old Saybrook, David (Peggy) of Yonkers, John (Karen) of Auburn, N.Y., Sheila of Old Saybrook, and Lynda (Mike) of Cornwall, N.Y. She is also survived by sixteen grandchildren: Nicole, Patrick, Maggie, Betsy Dunne, Ian, Aiden, Mairead, Casey, Molly, Rory, Katie, Liam, Emma, Mikey, Carley, and Meghan.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 17 at 11 a.m. at the Church of St. John in Old Saybrook.

Donations may be made to the ALS Foundation.