Vernon Wright

Obituary of Vernon Wright

Vernon Gerald Wright, a resident of Princeton, New Jersey since 1972, died peacefully at home surrounded by family on May 3, 2015, at the age of 90. Wright, who was born in Port Neches, Texas, lived in Beaumont, Texas; Port Credit (now Missis-sauga), Canada; and Winchester and Lincoln, Massachusetts before moving to Princeton. He was a graduate and registered Civil Engineer, educated at Rice University and the University of Texas. He later completed the Advanced Management Program of the Harvard Business School. He served as a Civil Engineer Corps officer attached to a Seabee Combat Pontoon Battalion in the South Pacific during World War II hostilities, and then participated in the first postwar atomic bomb tests at Bikini Atoll. He was awarded the Navy Commendation Award for his contribution to those tests. His professional career was spent in the engineering and construction industry. He was em-ployed for many years by Stone and Webster Engineering Corporation, Boston, where he ended as a Vice President responsible for projects. After a short Vice Presidency with Research Cottrell in Bound Brook, New Jersey, he joined Catalytic, Inc., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and retired as its president in 1986. From 1984 until his retirement, he was also president of Stearns-Roger, Inc. or Denver, Colorado. He assumed a prominent international role in the engineering and construc-tion business, serving as Chairman of the National Constructors Association in 1979. Subsequent to his formal retirement, he acted as a consultant for several major companies related to to the engineering and construction industry. Wright was a Trustee of the Williamson School, Media, Pennsylvania, for over thirty years, and served on the Construction Advisory Board of Princeton Township and on the Board of Trustees of the Friends of the Princeton Public Library. He was a member of the Harvard Club of Boston, Union League of Philadelphia, the Nassau Club, Springdale Golf Club and the Old Guard of Princeton. He was also a member of Nassau Presbyterian Church and a 32nd degree Mason. Wright was born on July 5, 1924, the son of Edward Vernon Wright and Vergie Payton Wright. He was married in Houston, Texas on December 23, 1946, to the former Huberta Read Nunn, who predeceased him in 2007, after a happy marriage of more than sixty years. He is survived by their three children, Robert Payton Wright and his wife Sallie, of Houston, Texas, David Cum-mings Wright, of Concord, Massachusetts, and Sally Ann Wright, of Princeton, New Jersey; two grandchildren, Payton Cullen Wright and his wife, Ashley, and Elizabeth Risher Wright Rappaport and her husband, David, a great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Peterson Wright, all of Houston, Tex-as; and his brother, Harry Payton Wright, of Port Neches, Texas. A memorial service will be held on June 20, 2015 at 11:00 A.M. at Nassau Presbyterian Church. Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to the Williamson School, 106 S. New Middletown Road, Media, Pennsylvania 19063, Nassau Presbyterian Church, 61 Nassau Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08542, Friends of the Princeton Public Library, 65 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, New Jersey 08542, or to a charity of choice. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mather-Hodge Funeral Home, Princeton
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