CRARY--Miner Dunham, Jr., died peacefully on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, at the age of 92. Born in Warren, PA in 1920, Miner was a partner at the New York law firm Curtis Mallet-Provost, Colt, and Mosle where he practiced trusts and estates law for over 60 years. Miner graduated from Amherst College in 1942. He served in the Navy during WWII as a supply officer and paymaster in the Pacific, and went on to get his law degree from Harvard University after the war. Like many of his generation, Miner had a passion for civic involvement which he demonstrated by supporting education, the arts, and his community. His service included working on the Cold Spring Harbor School Board through the district's construction of its first high school, and volunteering much time to his alma mater Amherst College, for which he was awarded the Medal for Eminent Service. He was a longtime trustee of The American University in Cairo. Miner served on the boards of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute and the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, NY. He also volunteered as a legal advisor and judge for the Village of Asharoken, in Northport, NY. Miner was a devoted family man, and deeply attached to Mary his late wife of 63 years. He was known for the hospitality he and Mary extended to all who shared outings at their home on Duck Island in Northport, NY. As a devoted tennis player and spectator, he offered patient but firm on-court tutelage to several generations of players. He will be remembered for his kind, gentle, generous, and appreciative manner. Miner is survived by a loving extended family that includes his brother, Horace I. Crary of New Canaan, CT; four children: James, Marcy, Harriet and Miner; eight grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sister, Winifred, and his daughter, Edith. A service will be held for Miner at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, 580 Mt Auburn Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the Story Chapel on Saturday, June 8th at 2:00, followed by a reception. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to www.hospicegoodshepard.org, which provided remarkable care and support to Miner and his family, or to your own local hospice organization.
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Published in The New York Times on May 12, 2013