Harold Althen, 72, retired engineer

Harold Rudolf Althen of Seven Lakes, N.C. a retired engineer and former Ridgefielder, died at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital in North Carolina on Monday, Oct. 28. He was 72 years old and the husband of Evelyn Althen.
Born in Norristown, Pa., Mr. Althen graduated from Worcester Polytechnical Institute in Worcester, Mass. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and attained the rank of lieutenant in the Civil Engineer Corps.
Mr. Althen spent more than 35 years with Peabody Engineering Corp. in Stamford, and had been vice president of sales in the late 1980s.
The family moved to Holmes Road in 1978 and to Seven Lakes in 1994.
Mr. Althen was an avid reader and enjoyed playing golf. He was a member of St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church and had belonged to professional associations, including the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Besides his wife of 50 years, Mr. Althen is survived by two sons: Harold R. Althen III of Ridgefield and Robert S. Althen of Southbury; and by five grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Mary Magdalene Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 456, West End, NC 27376 or to the Seven Lake EMS, 969 Seven Lakes North, Seven Lakes, NC, 27376.
Boles Funeral Home of Seven Lakes is in charge of arrangements.