BRUNSWICK — Loring F. Nies, 78, of Sparwell Lane, died Oct. 16 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. He was born Feb. 21 1934, the son of Loring Frederick and Margaret Catherine Holland Nies, in Lynn, Mass.

Nies graduated from Swampscott High School and Tufts University’s College of Engineering. He received a master’s degree from Chrysler Institute of Engineering. In addition, he earned a master’s in organizational psychology from the University of Detroit.

On Sept. 4, 1954, he married Ruth Davis in Swampscott, Mass. He worked for Chrysler and General Motors for many years, and his career took him around the world. Among other places, he lived in Australia and Japan. While working for GM, he developed a mid-engine Corvette, which debuted at the 1967 Paris Auto Show and was subsequently shown around the world.

He was a member of the Automotive Society for Mechanical Engineers and the Association of Automotive Engineers. Nies was also an environmentalist, contributed to wildlife conservancies and enjoyed bird watching.

Besides his wife Ruth, of Brunswick, Nies is survived by four children, Loring Nies of Lafayette, Ind., Donald Nies and his wife, Teri, of Orlando, Barbara Nies and her husband, Jerald Singer, of Fairfax, Va., and Elizabeth Nies, of Brunswick; a sister, Margaret Casey, of New Hampshire and Florida; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Private services will be held at a later date.

Donations in Nies’ memory may be made to the DFW Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 220, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, or to the Salvation Army, 25 Congress St., Bath, ME 04530.

Arrangements are by Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick. Memorial condolences may be expressed at

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