Obituary, Robert Wineman

Margaret D. Wineman, 92, and Robert J. Wineman, 94, of East Orleans, both died peacefully at home with family on April 26, 2014, and May 9, 2014, respectively. Margaret, Peg, was born on Aug. 7, 1921, in Casper, Wyo., and grew up in Braintree, Mass. After attending Thayer Academy, she went on to Wellesley College (B.A. in chemistry, class of 42) and American University (M.A.). Robert, Bob, was born on Sept. 11, 1919, in Chicago, Ill., and grew up in various parts of the country, graduating from Baltimore High School and Williams College (B.A. in chemistry, class of 41). Bob went on to obtain his M.S. from the University of Michigan and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University. Peg and Bob met while working together as chemists at DuPont in Niagara Falls and married on May 6, 1944. While serving as aircraft electronics lieutenant in the Navy, Bob was awarded the Bronze Star medal for heroic action on the USS Franklin in the aftermath of a catastrophic bombing attack off Kobe, Japan, in May of 1945. Following the war, Bob and Peg were founding settlers of the progressive Conantum residential community in Concord, Mass., where Peg taught elementary school and Bob served ultimately as research director of Monsantos Boston Laboratory, in Everett. While in Concord, they raised five children and were active in the town, Conantum and Unitarian church communities. In 1971, they moved to Maryland where Bob became associate chief of the Artificial Kidney program with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. He later became director of the Chronic Renal Disease program. During this time, Peg worked in the special education field, including teaching the visually impaired for the Montgomery County school system. In 1982, they retired to East Orleans where they had enjoyed being summer residents since the early 1960s. Peg and Bob were devoted parents to their children and families, which include Janet and her husband Joe Brevard of Newton, Mass., Jean and her husband Terry Sargent of Ann Arbor, Mich., the late Barbara Wineman of Orleans, Marian and her husband John Rundall of Seattle, Wash., and Tom Wineman of Osterville, Mass. They were also special to the lives of their six grandchildren: Jesse and Nate Brevard, Lindsey, Kelsey and Maisie Sargent, and Alexi Rundall; and to their extended family: Jacquie Brevard and her husband Laye Thiam of Westfield, N.J., and their sons Condi and Amadi; and Jane Brevard of Philadelphia, Pa. Peg and Bob remained active in their support of programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, Peg having served for over 10 years with the Arc of Cape Cod. During this period, they were instrumental in the formation of a group home in Orleans for people with disabilities where their daughter, Barbara, lived. In 1990, they helped organize a water quality lab for monitoring area towns estuaries and in 1997 they obtained an EPA grant for a Nutrient Monitoring program of the five Orleans salt ponds of Pleasant Bay, which they continued to monitor for many years. In 2003, they received the Good Citizenship Award from the town of Orleans where Bob served on the Board of Health for 15 years and more than 10 years on other water quality committees, and Peg served on water quality, wind energy and transportation committees. Peg and Bob also enjoyed traveling and even in their mid-80s traveled to Belize, Denmark for a tour of wind farms, and China. Throughout their lives, Bob and Peg enjoyed outdoor activities that included camping, hiking, sailing, swimming, fishing, skiing and gardening. They worked avidly on political and conservation action groups to protect the environment, prevent climate change, and support tolerance and world peace, and passed these values on to their children and grandchildren. They lived their lives with joy and enthusiasm and their warmth and spirit for life will be missed by all. Memorial gifts may be made to: The Orleans Pond Coalition (to protect the water quality of Pleasant Bay), P.O. Box 2485, Orleans, MA 02653-6485; or the Cape Cod Foundations Barbara Carol Wineman Fund (therapeutic horseback riding program for the disabled), 259 Willow St., Yarmouthport, MA 02675. Condolences may be sent to Wineman Family, P.O. Box 306, East Orleans, MA 02643.

Published in The Cape Codder from June 11 to June 18, 2014

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