Peter Tilden Hitchcock ’59 was a founding executive of Vista Chemical and counsel for Allied Chemical and Conoco Chemical. He passed away on May 14, 2013, at the age of 81.
Hitchcock was born in New York City and raised in Bronxville, N.Y. He was a politics major at Princeton University, graduating cum laude in 1953. He attended Officer Candidate School before serving in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War. After he was honorably discharged, Hitchcock enrolled at Columbia Law School and received his J.D. in 1959.
Throughout his 34-year legal career, Hitchcock focused on legal issues in the chemical industry. He began his career in 1960, as counsel for the many divisions of Allied Chemical (now G.E. Honeywell), and he eventually served as the company’s assistant general counsel. In 1980, Hitchcock joined Conoco Chemical (later DuPont), where he focused on international legal work. In the mid-1980s, he became a founding executive of Vista Chemical Company, which was later acquired by the German company Condea. He retired in 1994.
Active in local politics, Hitchcock was a past Chairman of the Republican Municipal Committee of Mountain Lakes, N.J.
Hitchcock is survived by his wife of 55 years, Cecily Kohlsaat Hitchcock; his brother, Rev. Horace Gaylord Hitchcock; his daughters, Sharon Myers Hitchcock and Courtney Hitchcock Cole; and one grandson.