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Pendleton Stevens
CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Pendleton Stevens, of Clearwater, Fla., died on Sunday, April 27, 2014, from complications of his past cancer treatments.
He was born on June 25, 1934, in New York City, the only child of Marjorie James and Edwin Pendleton Stevens. He was educated at The Harvey School, St. Paul's School, and Princeton University.
Pen began his career in the U.S. Army Signal Corps and that is where his passion for radio and audio engineering began. His early career saw Pen rise in the ranks of audio engineering focused on news for both the Radio Press and United Press International. During these years Pen was instrumental in the coverage of many historic events including the Olympics, the early Gemini and Apollo space flights, and the major national political conventions of the 60s.
The second half of his career was where his passion for engineering and electronics merged with his sense of audio and he spent the next 25 years becoming one of the best audio engineers in the country. Pen is best known for his work with Record Plant recording studios in both New York and Los Angeles, where he was Technical Director and designed and built most of the sounds stages and recording studios. During this time Pen also helped trail-blaze the first 'mobile studio' putting a recording studio in an 18-wheeler to record live performances; and he helped develop the synchronization system for digital recording of the first digitally scored movie, 'Annie' and the second Star Trek movie, 'The Wrath of Khan.' Through his work he developed many personal friendships and was instrumental in working with many great artists of the 70s and 80s including Neil Diamond (his favorite), Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Aerosmith, Fleetwood Mac, Kiss, and Stevie Wonder to name a few.
Far more important than his professional accomplishments were his personal qualities of compassion, generosity, and fortitude. He experienced many personal tragedies: his first wife Alix Moncheur Loree died of lung cancer in 1980 leaving him with two adolescent boys; his eldest son Philip Lyman died unexpectedly in 2004;
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his daughter Alice Pendleton was murdered in November 2013; and he had cancer three times undergoing aggressive treatment with serious sequelae, and multiple hospitalizations. Through it all, Pen exhibited uncomplaining courage, determination, and tenacity. He leaves an invaluable legacy of strength, loyalty, and unspoken but enduring unconditional love for his children and grandchildren.
Pen loved to read, work on his computer, and attend the sports events of his children and grandchildren. During his retirement, he spent many hours volunteering for Habitat for Humanity in Maine, Pennsylvania, and in Los Angeles, Calif., for the Jimmy Carter Work Project. He was also on the Board of Directors of various community non-profit organizations. He was passionate about the Outreach Work of his church and did the computer work for the Children's Programs at St. David's as well as co-directing the Holiday Food Baskets project in Kennebunk.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Dorothy Mikelonis, of Clearwater, Fla.; his son Mark Pendleton, his wife Anne and grandsons Zachary and Maxwell of Lexington, Mass.; his son Edwin Pendleton II, his wife Cecilia and grandson Cooper of Los Angeles, Calif.; his only close relative cousin Elizabeth Williams and husband Pat of Sand Springs, Okla.; members of the Loree and Mikelonis families, and his beloved Maine Coon cats.
Private burial services were held at the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y. A memorial service is planned for this summer in Kennebunk. www.curlewhills.com.
Donations in his memory
may be made to:
The Alice L. Pendleton Library
P.O. Box 77
Islesboro, Maine 04848
or to the Massachusetts Eye
and Ear Infirmary
243 Charles St.
Boston Massachusetts 02114
to support the work of
Dr. Daniel Deschler.
Always respectful to and
compassionate with Pen, Dr. Deschler's surgical expertise extended Pen's life far beyond statistical expectations giving his family extra treasured years with him.

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Apr. 30, 2014
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