BERRY--Peter Chamberlain, 60, of New York City, died of a heart attack while running in Central Park on Sunday, January 19. He is survived by his children Shirley Lupton Berry, James Chamberlain Berry and Peter Ward Berry and his former wife, Tav Holmes Berry. Peter is also survived by his mother Nancy Ward Berry, brother Charles G. Berry, and nephews Nicholas, Samuel and Christopher Berry. He was predeceased by his father Rynn Berry, brother Eliot Ward Berry and half-brother Rynn Berry, Jr. Peter graduated from the Buckley School, Groton School, Yale College, Boston University Law School, where he was a member of the Law Review, and NYU Law School's Graduate Tax Program. After a clerkship with Judge Edward R. Neaher of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn, Peter specialized in tax and corporate trust law and helped set up the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) for trading gold. Throughout his life he was a scholar, bibliophile and reader on all subjects, read Latin and ancient Greek for pleasure, and had a deep knowledge of early printed books and fine typography. Peter was a member of the Yale Varsity Squash Team, an A-ranked player in the New York Metropolitan Squash League, a lifelong advanced practitioner of yoga, and a tireless bicycle rider throughout the City. He cared deeply for his family and friends, who sorely miss him. A memorial service will be held at St. James' Church, Madison Avenue and 71st Street, on Monday, January 27 at 4pm followed by a reception. Gifts in Peter's memory may be made to The New York Society Library, 53 East 79th Street, NYC 10075, or The Elizabethan Club of Yale University, 459 College Street, New Haven, CT 06511.
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Published in The New York Times on Jan. 22, 2014