Deceased November 26, 2022

View alumni profile (log in required)
Read obituary

In Memory

Peter Pineo Jenkins Jr., who died Nov. 26, 2022, was part of the tenth of 12 generations of the Jenkins family, who settled on Cape Cod in 1639. 

At Amherst, Peter majored in history and pledged Theta Delt Chi. He played rugby and won freshman 1958 numerals and varsity A letters in football and basketball. While he was a gifted athlete, Peter was also very well read and enjoyed discussing current philosophy and politics. While serving as a Naval officer in the Pacific, Peter met Laurel Morris, whom he married in 1961. They went on to have four children and six grandchildren. 

After a career in sales and marketing of precious metals, which for a time took them to Ireland, Peter and Laurel purchased a Sylvan Learning Center and settled near where my wife, Anne, and I and our four children lived in Simsbury, Conn.

The Jenkins home abutted the country club, whose skating rink, tennis and paddleball courts and golf course were the scenes of many games, cookouts and family gatherings.

Our families grew very close. Laurel and my wife would pile the eight children and themselves into the car and head for New Hampshire or the Cape to gather seafood or “mess around in boats.” Our sons enjoyed Indian Guides and other scouting organizations, where the dads took the boys to the woods to enjoy nature. Great fun.

Glenn Dorr ’58