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Quentin Wiest
Quentin Wiest
Birth: 29 October 1912
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Death: 12 April 2020
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, USA
Age: 107 years, 166 days
Country: United StatesUSA

Quentin William Wiest (29 October 1912 – 12 April 2020) was an American centenarian was one of the oldest victims of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Quentin Wiest was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA on 29 October 1912. His parents were John Wiest and Anna (née Wasserman) Wiest.

After attending the original Northeast High School in Philadelphia, he was graduated from George Washington University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with a major in Physics. He was a member of three national honor fraternities: Tau Beta Pi (Engineering), Sigma Pi Sigma (Physics), and Phi Eta Sigma (Scholastics).

From 1943 to 1975, he worked for the Western Electric Company, the manufacturing arm of the Bell Telephone System. His final position was as Vice-President of Administration. He was a licensed professional engineer and a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a national charitable organization.

He married to Myrtle Anne Black in Winchester, Virginia, USA on 28 June 1940. The couple had at least three children: Myrtle Anne Kassover, Paula Kay Wiest and Quentin Wiest II. He got widowed in 1997.

An expert and life-long bridge player, he was mentioned, while in his 90’s, in the New York Times bridge column by renowned columnist, Alan Truscott. He bowled (rolling a 200 game at the age of 90) and played golf beyond age 100. For several decades, he was an active member of the Hobbyists Unlimited of Ridgewood. He was an active volunteer for the Red Cross and Christian Healthcare of Wyckoff.

Quentin Wiest died of complications from the disease caused by COVID-19 in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, USA on 12 April 2020 at the age of 107 years, 166 days. He was survived by two daughters Myrtle Anne Kassover and husband Jeff, and Paula Kay Wiest; one son Quentin Wiest II and wife Betty; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.