Stephen King ’41

KingStephen B. King, age 91, a North Chatham resident since 1989, died Feb. 14, 2015 at Cape Cod Hospital, after a brief illness.

He was the husband of Helen L. King. Mr. King was born in Northampton, MA where he attended Smith College Day School followed by Williston Academy prior to graduation from Deerfield Academy. He went on to MIT from which he graduated in 1947 with a degree in chemistry, after serving in the U.S. Army and attending the Coast Guard Academy. During his stay at MIT, he was a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity, the vice president of his senior class, the commodore of the MIT Sailing Association and the president of the Intercollegiate Sailing Association.

After graduation, Mr. King worked for DeBell & Richardson, Inc., a consulting company specializing in plastics applications for industrial and government projects. During his 40-year career with DeBell & Richardson, and its successor, Springborn Laboratories, he became a project engineer and project manager for component development and assembly of undersea cables for both telephone and military applications, as well as development and manufacturing contracts for the Department of Defense. While with DeBell & Richardson, he lived in the town of Longmeadow, MA, where he served on the Finance Committee for seven years.

After retirement, he and his wife moved to North Chatham, where he was an active member of several organizations: serving as treasurer and financial secretary of the Cape Cod Covenant Church, the Chatham Waterways Committee and treasurer of the Friends of Pleasant Bay, among others. He enjoyed travel and water-related activities – particularly sailing. Mr. King will be fondly remembered for his ready wit and his kind and generous spirit.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, David D. King of Chatham, MA and Gary W. King of Amherst, MA; and two daughters, Marcia B. King of Ridgeland, MS and Barbara B. Jones of East Longmeadow, MA; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.

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