Mystic, CT — Brian Nicholl Mogel, 59, died at home surrounded by loved ones on January 8, 2014. He was born in Orange, N.J., and later moved to Danvers and then Swampscott, Mass., where he attended Swampscott High School. Before moving to Mystic, Conn., he attended UMass Amherst. He was drawn to Mystic by his love of classic boats, and became a boat builder and finish carpenter at Mystic Seaport, helping to build the Voyager, Mystic Clipper and Argia, as well as various classic skiffs. He also worked in Stonington at Zuckermann Harpsichords. He built close copies of reproductions from the small selection of antique harpsichords remaining in the world, such as the Fretted Clavichord and French Double Harpsichord. His ardor for creating with wood only grew and he joined this passion with his love of playing guitar. He built round-top guitars inlaid with mother-of-pearl.
In the early 1980s, Brian switched career paths. He joined the original Gunther International Team as a contract technical writer. He was soon hired as a full-time engineer and took a major role in advancing Gunther’s vision and software technology. In 1998 he had a memorable extended stay in Japan when Gunther installed a state-of-the-art system in the Japanese Patent Office. By the time Brian left the company in the early 2000s, he was manager of software development. Brian then moved to Rochester, N.Y., and was employed by Videk as a project manager for the invisicode product line, helping to manage both software and hardware teams. He developed various patents for Videk and worked closely with Hewlett-Packard engineers to help design the InviCode printers and readers. Brian was an extremely talented and valued employee with a wonderful, creative mind and an ability to inspire the team.
Brian returned to Mystic in 2004, and worked at Defender Industries in Waterford, Conn., as an eCommerce manager and search engine optimizer until the onset of his disease, progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).