DARIEN, Conn. -- Harry Frank Upton, a resident of Darien and Bondville, Vt., died Saturday, March 12. He was 84.
He was born July 1, 1931, in Carroll, Iowa, to the late Harry and Frances Upton.
He received a bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. After arriving at Iowa State University as a freshman in the fall of 1949, he was in the ROTC unit. From 1953 to 1956 he served in the U.S. Army as a jet pilot and attained the rank of captain.
After earning his degrees, he had a distinguished career in business. After completing grad school, he joined Proctor & Gamble in product management. He then worked for Mead Johnson and Bectin Dickenson. At Abbott Labs, he worked to become the president of the consumer products division.
Later, he worked at Lisher & Co., and started his own firm H. Upton Associates Inc. which brought foreign healthcare-related products to the market in the U.S. He also founded a company called Care Technologies. He retired from Care Technologies as president and CEO in 2004. After retirement, he volunteered in the community with Habitat for Humanity and other organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Peggy Upton of Bondville and Darien; his children, Elise Upton Young of Darien, Brett Upton of Rutland, Vt., and Matt Upton of Denver; and his grandchildren Ryann Price, David Young, Meriel Upton, and Mac Upton.
He was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Upton and Donald Upton; and one sister, Marge Doty.
A memorial service is open to all friends and family at Talmadge Hill Memorial Church in Darien at 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 30.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Harry's name to Bennington Area Habitat for Society, P.O. Box 1159, Manchester, VT 05254 or South Londonderry Free Library, P.O. Box 95, 15 Old School St., South Londonderry, VT 05155.
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