Alexander Duncan Kidd, longtime community leader, dies at 91
Alexander Duncan Kidd of Jackson, Wyoming, formerly of Montclair, whose long record of service to the township was officially honored by the Township Council, died on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. He was 91.
Mr. Kidd was born in 1931 in Paterson, the only child of Alexander Kidd and Helen Elizabeth Mitchell Kidd. The family moved to Montclair in 1948 after he spent most of his childhood in Nutley.
He graduated from Phillips Academy in 1949 and attended Yale University, where he earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering, cum laude, in 1953, followed by a master’s in 1954.
He was a member of Tau Beta Pi, the oldest engineering honor society and the second-oldest collegiate honor society in the nation.
In his free time while at college, he attended pre-Broadway musical theater openings at New Haven’s Shubert Theater, which sparked his lifelong passion for musical theater.
Mr. Kidd married Jean Hyde in 1955 in Montclair. He then served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army between 1956 and 1959, which took the couple to Detroit, Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Germany for a year.
After working with the Standard Oil Co. of New York in Paulsboro, he moved his family back to Montclair in 1961, where they settled down for the next 53 years, until the couple moved to Jackson, Wyoming, in 2014.
Mr. Kidd’s professional career evolved from engineering to management consulting when he joined Case and Co. in New York. He later joined Amstar Corp., where he served as vice president, corporate development, and later as treasurer of the company, known for its consumer brands Domino Sugar and Milwaukee Electric Tools.
He and his wife raised three children in Montclair who graduated from the Montclair public schools.
The couple were heavily involved in Montclair as community leaders and volunteers, so much so that in 2014 they were honored with a proclamation by the Montclair Township Council.
Mr. Kidd served with many community organizations, including the Montclair Volunteer Ambulance Unit, Montclair’s 1978 Charter Study Commission, the Joint Capital Improvement Advisory Committee, the Senior Care and Activities Center, Unity Concerts and the Yale Club of Montclair.
He served as vice chairman and treasurer of the board of trustees of Mountainside Medical Center and on the board of trustees of Bloomfield College.
For three decades he volunteered with the Montclair Operetta Club and served as its chairman.
Mr. Kidd and his family enjoyed travel, to places as near as the Jersey Shore and New York City and as far as across the United States and overseas.
He is survived by his children, Laura Couchman of Tucson, Arizona, Jay Kidd of Los Altos, California, and Carolyn Little of Jackson, Wyoming; six grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Mr. Kidd was predeceased by his wife, Jean.
His children will gather in Montclair sometime next year to bury their parents together.
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