Dwight Cornell

Dwight M. Cornell

Monday, May 17th, 2021
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Dwight Miner Cornell, 85, passed away at Good Samaritan Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesday, May 17, 2021.

Mr. Cornell was born in Westerly, RI in 1936 to Florence P. (D’Amario) Cornell and Ralph B. Cornell. He attended Westerly Public Schools. Mr. Cornell graduated from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BS degree in Civil Engineering and was a registered Professional Engineer in several states.

After working for several organizations in New York City, Mr. Cornell moved to the Maryland suburb of Damascus, Maryland. Mr. Cornell was employed by Bechtel from 1965 until his retirement in 1993. Most of his work was in the field of design for large nuclear power facilities.

Upon retirement he divided his time between West Palm Beach, Florida and a summer home in Weekapaug. In Florida, he became involved in the activities of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. While with the Auxiliary he taught safe boating courses in the Public Education section and was a Vessel Examiner. Mr. Cornell served as a Flotilla Staff Officer in these endeavors.

In appreciation for the education he received at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Mr. Cornell has made sizable donations of money and property to the Institute and has established a scholarship in his name in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

He is survived by his brother Robert; two nieces and a nephew, Christine, Leanne and John, as well as their children; and several cousins.

A Funeral Service will take place at 10am on Friday, May 28th at Christ Episcopal Church, 7 Elm St., Westerly. Burial will follow at River Bend Cemetery, Westerly. For online condolences please visit www.gaffneydolanfuneralhome.com
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  • Service

    Friday, May 28th, 2021 | 10:00am
    Friday, May 28th, 2021 10:00am
    Christ Episcopal Church
    Corner of Broad & Elm Streets
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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  • Interment

    River Bend Cemetery
    117 Beach Street
    WESTERLY, RI 02891
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Posted at 03:31pm
In memory of our long friendship as co-workers and neighbors. May Dwight rest in peace.
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William F. Brittle

Posted at 03:26pm
I worked with Dwight starting in 1969 after graduating from college. We worked together on nuclear power projects and I recall taking my first business trip with him to a construction site near Clemson, S.C. We later became neighbors near Damascus, MD. Dwight loved German cars (starting with Volkswagons and later graduated to a Mercedes in which he loved to travel. In Damascus, he created an elaborate woodworking shop where, with a friend, created some magnificant pieces of furniture. He greatly impressed me with the loving care he provided to his mother in her later years when her health was failing. He traveled extensively to jobsites for work, and made important contributions toward construction of nuclear plants. He later acquired and old Chevy truck that he generously helped those who were truckless, in their hauling needs. When Dwight moved full time to Florida, we no longer were able to see him on his twice yearly trip up and down the east coast. We stayed in touch by phone over the years, and I tried to offer encouragement to him during his last illness. We always appreciated the kindness and attention he gave our daughter, Beth, and they also stayed in touch over the years. Bill Brittle, Frederick, MD. brittle@erols.com

Beth Zumbrun

Posted at 11:35am
I grew up for the first few years of my life, two doors down from Dwight, in Damascus Maryland. He and my dad stayed in touch for all of these years, and I have many fond memories of Dwight dropping by over the years. As a little girl, I loved seeing him drive up our driveway in his old red pickup truck, and was later fascinated that he had a car with windshield wipers on the headlights. I remember that he took very good care of his mother and seemed to me like the best son ever. In recent years, we kept in touch over the phone and I was impressed by his voracious reading and volunteering with the Coast Guard. He always started our conversations off by asking "How's it going in the Devil's Workshop"? (A reference to my work and a book he once read on the topic). What a super nice guy Dwight was! I will really miss him and will always treasure my memories of him!

Anita N. Throwe

Posted at 11:26pm
It is with sadness that I read of Dwight's passing. He was a high school classmate and he was on the Chemistry team for three years. Dwight was known as one of several classmates who were identified as a "math Wiz". Seems he put that talent and his engineering skills to good use. May he rest in peace.
Anita Narciso Throwe

Alice Richer

Posted at 03:39pm
I'm so sad to hear of Dwight's passing. I have so many memories of him and Aunt Florence and Uncle Ralph.
Sending my thoughts and prayers to Bob and his family .
Love cousin Alice Appleton

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