Peter Wells, 79, of East Falmouth died unexpectedly on November 25 after a fall at home.
He was born Peter Wells Gay. He and his twin, Christopher, whose surname became Gray, were born in Detroit, Michigan. His parents, Virginia Wells Gay and Alva A. Gay, a professor, worked at Wayne State University.
Raised in Detroit, he graduated from Cass Technical High School. He went on to study naval architecture at the University of Michigan and completed his undergraduate work at Wayne State in industrial engineering. He then earned a master’s degree in operational research at The State University of New York at Buffalo.
For most of his career, Mr. Wells worked as a systems engineer for IBM, where he spent more than 25 years and was known for his expertise in inventory control. His career afforded him the opportunity to work and live in different locations, beginning with Newton, working in Waltham, followed by Brookfield, Connecticut, when he was at IBM White Plains, New York, and finally to Boca Raton, Florida.
In retirement, he moved to Cape Cod to be near his sons. Mr. Wells had previously spent many years in Pocasset with his family enjoying boating in Buzzards Bay. He was an accomplished sailor and had competed in sailing regattas in his youth and had kept sailboats of his own. Although his marriage with Gay D. Wells of Pocasset had ended in divorce, they remained close friends.
During his retirement years, Mr. Wells was a contract researcher for the NOAA Fisheries Project at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and also a volunteer for a time at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. He learned GIS, or geographic information system, and subsequently taught at Cape Cod Community College as an adjunct professor.
In addition to his former wife, he leaves his two sons, Townsend P. Wells of Yarmouthport and Duncan M. Wells of East Falmouth; a grandson; his brother, Christopher Gray of Florida and New Hampshire; and extended family.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Ahearn.
A celebration of his life is planned for summer.