Maureen Ellinwood Pluvinage


Oak Knoll Graduate, Dartmouth Swimmer,
'Force of Nature'

Maureen Ellinwood Pluvinage, 36, died on Monday, Sept. 25, 2017, at University Hospital in Zurich, Switzerland. She succumbed to injuries sustained in a cycling accident on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Her husband, Mathieu Pluvinage, and her family were at her side when she passed away. Maureen was expecting their first child in early March.

Maureen was born on Feb. 8, 1981, in Bryn Mawr, Pa. She graduated from Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child in Summit, N.J. (1999), Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. (2003), and Trinity College (MBA) in Dublin, Ireland (2011).

Maureen was involved in a variety of activities as an alumna of all three schools including recruiting, fundraising, and serving on the Trinity College Business School Advisory Board.

Professionally, she worked in various finance functions over her 14-year career for UBS, Lehman Brothers, and Barclays in New York, London, and Zurich, Switzerland. Most recently, she was employed as a vice president at UBS in Zurich as a member of the Recovery & Resolution Planning Group.

While at Trinity College, Maureen quickly became smitten by and immersed in European culture. She traveled extensively throughout the European continent and beyond (Tunisia, Turkey, Croatia, South Africa, and Mt. Kilimanjaro to name a few). Maureen and Mathieu met in 2015 while both were attending a Dartmouth College Alumni Ski Trip in Verbier, Switzerland, and, after a two-year courtship, were married on May 20, 2017, in Biarritz, France.

Although Maureen's years on earth were far too short, her life experiences were not. Simply stated, she was a force of nature. Her energy was boundless and she did not assume any task unless it could be completed at the highest standard and with a 110 percent commitment of time and energy.

She was a lifelong competitive swimmer, beginning with the Summit Seals in 1989 and ending as a captain of Dartmouth's Women's Swim Team in 2003. When Dartmouth eliminated the Men's and Women's Swim Teams for budgetary reasons at the beginning of her senior season, Maureen, along with her teammates, worked tirelessly to raise funds to preserve both programs - and they succeeded. Post-college, she completed numerous triathlon/swimming competitions at venues ranging from the Alcatraz Swim in San Francisco to the New York Marathon and Triathlon events to the Bosphorus Straits Cross Continental Swim in Turkey.

Maureen was a dedicated friend who, while using all forms of media to communicate with them, specialized in the personal visit. On her eight-day Christmas 2016 visit home to New Jersey from London, she made day trips to Raleigh, N.C., to see a friend, and Palm Harbor, Fla., to visit her grandfather, followed by a three-day trip to Denver, Ft. Collins, and Vail, Colo., to see various friends/family. She did manage to carve out two days for her parents in Short Hills, N.J., at the end. At each stop, she would shower her friends/family with thoughtful gifts and cards she had accumulated in her European travels.

Maureen also had an insatiable desire for information which resulted in her devouring dozens of articles daily, most coming from her beloved New York Times. Since she lived in a time zone six hours ahead, her family and friends could expect to wake up to one or more links/articles relating to their life/career that Maureen thought they should see.

Maureen is survived by her husband, Mathieu Pluvinage of Zurich, Switzerland; her parents, Rosemary and Charles R. Ellinwood of Short Hills; her sister, Catherine (Charles) Nettleton of Rye, N.Y., and her brother, Charles M. Ellinwood of Hoboken, N.J. She is also survived by her nephew/godson, D. Scott Nettleton, and niece, Caroline Nettleton, both of Rye. In addition, she is survived by her paternal grandfather, Richard Ellinwood of Palm Harbor, and many aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Maureen was honored at a memorial service in Zurich, Switzerland on Thursday, Sept. 28. The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 6, at St. Rose of Lima Church, 50 Short Hills Ave., Short Hills, N.J. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place beginning at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, also at St. Rose of Lima Church. Immediately following Mass, there will be a reception at Canoe Brook Country Club in Summit, N.J.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that donations be made to any of the following three causes that were special to Maureen: New York Times "Sponsor a Subscription" Program; USA Swimming Foundation's "Make a Splash" Initiative; or Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child, Summit, N.J.

Information on each can be accessed via this site's Memorial Gifts page.

Published in the Star-Ledger on Oct. 4, 2017