WILTON, Conn. - John P. (Hans-Peter) Sachs, of Wilton, formerly of New Canaan and Stamford, died Wednesday, Feb. 20. He was 86.
Sachs was born in Düsseldorf, Germany, on March 10, 1926. He was the son of Serge Saxe and Frances Hessler. He served in the Army during World War II. After completing a doctorate in chemical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology, he held executive positions in several firms in the chemical, polymer and graphite industries, including Union Carbide and Great Lakes Carbon, which he led as president and CEO. He served on numerous boards in business and professional societies, including the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, in which he served as president in 1985.
A lifelong supporter of the schools and missions of the Society of Jesus, Sachs received the Kolvenbach Award from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Mass.
Sachs is survived by his children, the Rev. John R. Sachs, SJ, of Boston, Kathryn Conway of Westhampton Beach, N.Y., Susan F. Sachs of San Francisco, and Christopher H. Sachs of New Canaan; and five grandchildren. He is predeceased by his wife, Mary Kay.
There will be no calling hours. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at St. Aloysius Church, New Canaan. Burial will follow at Lakeview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, 1852 W. 22nd Place, Chicago, IL 60608.