Louis Peter Pataki Jr., 80, the older brother of former Governor George Pataki, died Nov. 29 at Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut.
Born November 2, 1941 in Peekskill, he was the son of Louis and Margaret (Lagana) Pataki. As a teenager, he received the rank of Eagle Scout and became a Boy Scout Leader for Troop 2 in Rowayton, Connecticut, where he and his wife, former Jane Smith, resided and raised their family.
Louis received his undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Yale University and a law degree from Indiana University. He has taught astronomy at Indiana University, practiced law in New York City, and for the past 21 years has been professor of astronomy at New York University.
He volunteered for the Rowayton Fire Department in Norwalk and loved stamp collecting, orienteering and his Hungarian, Italian and Irish heritage.
Besides his wife of 55 years, Louis is survived by his children, Jonathan Pataki and Daisy Pataki; her grandchildren Kaitlyn, Maggie, Milo and Juliana; her brother George Pataki (Libby) of Garrison; and seven nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on December 6 at Rowayton United Church, followed by interment in Rowayton Union Cemetery. Memorial donations can be made to the Rowayton Fire Department (rowaytonfire.com).
Information provided by Magner Funeral Home, Norwalk