Obituary of Henry Peyton (1924 – 2021) – Mystic, CT
The son of a naval officer, Henry grew up in more than ten locations in the United States and abroad. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts, where he graduated at the top of his class in 1941, and entered the United States Naval Academy in an accelerated program, graduating on D-Day. (June 6, 1944). Henry received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from MIT in 1948 and an MBA from the University of Hartford in 1970.
He met his future wife, Evelyn Cope Stryker, while on vacation in Virginia. After Henry proposed a Broadway performance of “Kiss Me Kate,” the couple married at Williamsburg Baptist Church on May 19, 1951. In May 2021, to their delight, Henry and Evelyn celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary surrounded by close family.
While in the Navy, Henry served in Brooklyn, California, Washington State, Connecticut, and Washington, DC. Upon retirement in 1965, the Peytons returned to the New London area, where Henry worked as a project manager at General Dynamics Electric Boat. The family moved to Houston, Texas in 1977, and returned to East Lyme in 1987. Henry and Evelyn moved to Mystic in 2002.
Henry was an inventive and accomplished engineer. He was deeply devoted to his family, friends and colleagues. Henry had a dry, provocative sense of humor and an amazing memory; he could remember stories, experiences, poems and words from decades earlier. He was also a skillful ad-libber, cleverly substituting his own irreverent, but still fun, word choices for classics like “The Night Before Christmas.”
Henry is survived by his beloved wife Evelyn; his children: Thomas Bigda-Peyton and his wife Francis, William Peyton and Ellen Glaessner and her husband Phil; and his grandchildren: Joe and his wife Lindsay, Hope and Sam Bigda-Peyton, Daniel and Steven Peyton and Phil Glaessner Jr.
Funeral arrangements are private. Donations in memory of Henry can be made to the St. James Episcopal Church Endowment Fund, New London, or the Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center, 27 Chase Street, Pawcatuck, CT 06379.
Posted by The Day on Aug 22, 2021.