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“To the Nevius Family, I am so very sorry for the loss of your father and grandfather. As I have read in his obituary, he led a most interesting...Read More »
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Niskayuna-- Peter Ten Eyck Nevius, lately of Niskayuna, New York, age 92, died on Saturday, August 4, 2012. His death is being mourned and his life celebrated by Josefina Angeli Nevius, his wife of 59 years; their son Peter, of Saratoga Springs, New York; and their daughters Hilda Nevius O'Hanley (husband David and children Jo and Gus), of St Paul, Minnesota and Monica Nevius (husband Robert Taylor and daughter Martina Taylor), of Stoneham, Massachusetts.

Peter was the son of Franklin Chalmers Nevius and Laura Matilda Booker Nevius. One of four boys, he was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was born and raised in Manhattan and spoke fondly of his summers on the Jersey shore, sailing. He graduated from Cornell University in 1942 in civil engineering and worked on the Norden bombsight. After the war, he worked for the Marshall plan rebuilding harbors in Greece. He met his wife Josefina in Caracas, Venezuela, while building oil platforms in Lake Maracaibo. The Mountain Home Titan missile base in Idaho was his favorite project. While a job with GE brought him to Niskayuna, he finished out his career at the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) for the State of New York, where he oversaw the transition from typewriters to desktop computers. He was an early adopter of technology--contact lenses, calcuators, personal computers. His many hobbies included hiking, kayaking and building things: from kayaks in Cuba, to electronics, to a glider in the basement. An avid athlete, he rowed for Cornell and jogged daily until his mid-80s.

Peter was a man of strong convictions and a great sense of humor; many friends, relatives, and acquaintances have fond memories of him. He was well-read and brought the sensibilities of an engineer and a man of wide-ranging interests to his life.

A service in his memory will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 11:30 at St Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1935 The Plaza in Schenectady. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trinity School at River Ridge, Eagan MN 55121, or St. Stephen's Church Building Fund.