Amherst Magazine
Sidney Dillingham Pinney '45

Sid Pinney died on January 3, 2007, in Bloomfield, CT.  He was eighty-two.  Born in Hartford, CT, he attended the Loomis School and entered Amherst in the fall of 1941, where he competed in soccer and swimming.  As with many of his classmates, his college years were interrupted by service in World War II.  Sid served as an officer in the US Army Air Corps.  He returned to Amherst and graduated in 1947, followed by a law degree at Harvard Law School.  Over the course of his professional career, Sid was a senior partner in the law firm of Murtha, Cullina, Richter and Pinney.  He was a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a lecturer on estate planning.  During his retirement, he volunteered legal services to several community organizations.

Sid Pinney lived life to the hilt.  He was an avid skier, sailor and private pilot.  In the latter role, he was a member of the Connecticut Valley Fliers.  He contributed his time and talents in many ways: serving on the Wethersfield Town Council, as a trustee of the Hartford Conservatory of Music, as president of the Historic Weathersfield Foundation, and as the governor’s first appointee to the Hartford Hospital Board of Directors.

In what turned out to be something of a farewell to his alma mater, Sid attended the Amherst-Trinity football game in early November with his son and grandson.  They had a great weekend together, marred only by a serious fall he suffered on the campus.

Sid is survived by his wife, Judith; two sons, William and Rees, two stepsons, Andrew and Peter Kohn, and six grandchildren.  To all members of Sid Pinney’s family, our Class extends its sincere condolences.

—Daniel Leavitt ’45

 

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