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Grant Wordsworth Law Sr.

1930 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Grant Wordsworth Law Sr. Obituary
icon Grant Wordsworth Law Sr., 82, of Scarborough, ME, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at the Piper Shores retirement community following a toast at his beloved "men's table" to the World Champion Boston Red Sox. Grant was born in Holyoke, MA on December 21, 1930, the son of Margaret Mitchell (Grant) Law and Laurence Wordsworth Law. He grew up in Milton, MA and graduated from the Mount Hermon School in Northfield, MA in 1949. He took a leave of absence from college to serve in the U.S. Air Force from 1951-1954 where he was Staff Sergeant with a year of Foreign Service in Japan during the Korean War. He completed his B.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1957 where he was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. Thereafter, he attended Columbia University Graduate School of Business and earned his M.B.A. in 1959. With his newly minted M.B.A., Grant began a 20 year career as a consumer packaged goods brand manager for the likes of Thomas J. Lipton where he led the revitalization of Lipton Soup in the early 1960s. In 1969, he joined the Interpublic Group of Companies as a Marketing Director with high profile clients L'Oreal, Coca-Cola and Miles Laboratories. In 1971, Grant became the Director of Product Development for Miles Laboratories Grocery Product Division. During this time, Grant and his growing family lived in New York City and then Ridgewood, NJ. In 1972, Grant and his family moved to Hinsdale, IL where he became Corporate Director of Marketing for Hygrade Food Products Corporation. In 1975, he purchased the Mrs. Grass Soup Division from Hygrade. He was President and CEO of Mrs. Grass, Inc. until his retirement in 1980. Grant lived in Chicago with his former partner of 18 years and good friend, Jerry Carter. Together they architected and rehabbed 2 homes, traveled the world extensively and accumulated a great number of good friends. In 2010 he moved to the Piper Shores retirement community in Scarborough, ME. Active socially and a consummate storyteller, Grant quickly made friends at Piper Shores. Grant was a lifelong Republican and loved political debate. He also enjoyed discussing historical novels (especially British history) and attending the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Grant is survived by his son, Grant W. Law Jr. (Mary) of Downers Grove, IL; by his daughter Alison Law Darling (Ted) of Cape Elizabeth, ME; by his daughter, Sarah Thompson Law (David Avedesian) of State College, PA; and by his granddaughters Ellen Margaret "Maggie" Darling and Anna Weir Darling of Cape Elizabeth, ME. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Grant's memory to: The Portland Symphony Orchestra, 50 Monument Square, 2nd Floor, Portland ME 04101 or online at Services have been held.
Published in a Chicago Tribune Media Group Publication on Dec. 8, 2013
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