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HEMENWAY--Russell D., died peacefully at home on January 30, 2014. He was 88. Russ Hemenway was, for more than fifty years, a true warrior spirit in American politics, combating the power of the radical right from the days of Joe McCarthy to the contemporary influences of extreme conservatism. From 1966 until his death, he was the National Director of the National Committee for an Effective Congress, founded in 1948 by Eleanor Roosevelt. He was the father of campaign finance disclosure reform in the early 70's. He was born on March 24, 1925, in Leominster, MA, to Bess and Alan E. Hemenway. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1949 and continued his education at The Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Hemenway served in the Navy during World War II aboard the heavy cruiser USS Pittsburgh. He married Catherine Casey in Paris in 1951, and was widowed by her in 1999. Their daughter, Anne Hemenway, survives him. He is also survived by a son, Brent G. Hemenway, two grandsons, Alexander and Maverick Douglas, a sister, Joyce H. Brown, a son in law, John H. Wilson, a daughter in law, Christina Morales Hemenway, and five nieces, Elesse T. Brown, Valentine L. Judge, Phoebe Legere, Jane L. Jackson, and Alison L. Fraser. Mr. Hemenway was pre-deceased by his sister, Winifred Ledger and his brother, Richard Hemenway. A service will be held on February 14 at 2pm at St Thomas Church, 1 W 53 St. NYC. In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to The NY Public Library. Links to obituaries can be found at:

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Published in The New York Times on Feb. 2, 2014
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