Obituary: Hanford Mead Twitchell Jr.


Hanford Mead Twitchell Jr., called Mead, died of natural causes April 9 in Carmel. He was 91.

Mead was born Dec. 17, 1927, in New York City. He was the first-born child of Hanford Mead Sr. and Virginia (Sterry) Twitchell, both of New York.

At the end of World War II, Mead travelled with the Moral Re-Armament movement in Germany and Switzerland, assisting with reconciliation efforts. From 1948-1950, he attended Princeton University, where he wrote for the student paper and competed in long-distance running.

Mead served four years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Stationed in Texas, he became a second lieutenant and trained personnel in how to operate armored tanks.

Following the war, Mead worked as a writer, correspondent and translator in Europe and Latin America for several years. He spoke English, French, Spanish and Portuguese.

Mead married Inge Dyring Larsen March 15, 1969, in Copenhagen, Denmark. Inge, a native of Denmark, survives. The couple recently celebrated their 50th anniversary. Mead and Inge moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 1972 and lived there for 37 years.

In 2009, Mead and his wife moved to the Indianapolis area to be closer to their son, Robert Mead Twitchell, daughter-in-law Evelyn (Ellison) Twitchell, and grandchildren Robert Spencer Twitchell and Camille Grace Twitchell, all of whom survive.

Mead is also survived by his brother, Cleveland Edwards Twitchell of Central Point, Oregon. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Virginia Sterry (Twitchell) Kipp.

He was laid to rest at his family’s plot at the Setauket Presbyterian Church cemetery in Setauket, N.Y. For more information, visit


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