Robert "Dowell" Tye, a long-time New Canaan resident, died at his home on Jan. 12 following a struggle with esophageal cancer. He was 61.

Born in Columbus, Ga., on June 22, 1949, Mr. Tye was the son of Hiram Speed Tye and Elizabeth Renfrew. He spent many of his younger years traveling with his parents to different army bases, including a stint in Germany. Most of his formative years were in Lexington, Ky., where he graduated from the Sayre School. He joined the Army and became a commissioned officer in the 6th Special Forces Group of the United States Army, where he served as a Green Beret during the Vietnam War. Upon his return, he received a bachelor's degree with honors from the University of Kentucky, and an MBA from the Wharton School.

Most recently, Mr. Tye was the principal of DECA Corporation, a Connecticut-based independent consulting firm, specializing in providing financial advisory services in the investment management sector.

Prior to establishing his consulting practice in 2005, Mr. Tye was a principal in the Capital Markets Strategy Group of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He led PwC's three-year consulting effort to Barclay's Global Investors. Prior to joining PwC, Mr. Tye was senior vice president for HSBC Securities in New York, where he developed new businesses and integrated four non-US investment banks into the HSBC organization.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Tye held jobs in mergers and acquisitions, and treasury positions at PepsiCo and W.R. Grace and Company.

Mr. Tye was a long-time member of St. Mark's Church in New Canaan, serving on the board of its outreach committee. He was a former director of the Exchange Club of New Canaan, and was a member of New Canaan's Civilian Emergency Response Team. He was also on the board of directors of Earth Partner Foundation, an environmental organization engaged in preserving natural resources.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia Tye, of Darien; his son Alexander Tye; his daughter, Elizabeth Tye; and two nephews, Josh and Zack Allen, of Nashville

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at St. Mark's Church in New Canaan at 3 p.m., with a reception to follow in Morrill Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in memory of Dowell Tye be directed to St. Mark's Church.