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Philip N. Cronenwett


Monday, January 22, 2018

Enfield, N.H. — Philip N. Cronenwett died of leukemia on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. He was born in Sandusky, Ohio, on Dec. 2, 1946, the second son of Alfred N. and Bertha Piper Cronenwett. Phil was educated in the Sandusky school system, Capital University (BA, History), Bowling Green State University (MA,History) and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst (PhD, History). He was employed as a special collections librarian at The Jones Library, Amherst, Mass., and Dartmouth College Library, Hanover, N.H.

Phil then directed the privately-owned Burndy Library on the History of Science and Technology and founded and was principal in the firm Library Consulting Services, LLC. In 2003, Phil was awarded the Knights Cross of the Order of the Falcon by the President of Iceland for his efforts in preserving the work of Arctic explorer Vilhjálmur Stefánsson.

Phil’s community service included board membership and a term as president of Advance Transit, board member of the Upper Valley United Way, trustee and trustee chair of the Enfield Public Library, and he was a corporator of the Mascoma Savings Bank. He was most proud of working as a kitchen assistant in the weekly community dinners in Enfield. Phil was an active member of Community Lutheran Church where he most recently served as council president and a confirmation instructor.

Phil is survived by his wife Susan D. Cronenwett, whom he married in 1969, daughter Elizabeth A. Cronenwett and fiancé John P. Murphy, daughter Emily K. Edwards and son-in-law Joshua Edwards, granddaughter Piper Grace Edwards and grandson Anders William Edwards. He is also survived by his brother Stephen P. Cronenwett and sister-in-law Kim Cronenwett.

There will be no calling hours.

A funeral service will be held at Community Lutheran Church, 96 Main Street, Enfield, on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018, at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jane Strohl officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the Enfield Public Library Building Fund, P. O. Box 1030, Enfield, N.H. 03748.