LANDON CLAY

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CLAY--Landon T.,

91, died peacefully on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at home in Peterborough, NH. He is survived by his wife, Lavinia D. Clay, his sons Thomas M. Clay, Richard T. Clay, Landon H. Clay, and Cassius M. C. Clay, his grandson James H. Clay, one nephew, and two grandnephews. Born in New York City, Mr. Clay grew up in Augusta, GA, where his family was associated with the J.P. King Manufacturing Company textile mill. After attending Middlesex School in Concord, MA, Mr. Clay served in the US Army Air Force during the Second World War, where he repaired central fire control systems on the B-29 Superfortress. Mr. Clay graduated with a degree in English, cum laude, from Harvard College in 1950. Mr. Clay spent his investment career at the Bank of New York, Massachusetts Investors Trust, and Vance Sanders. At Vance Sanders, Mr. Clay was instrumental in the introduction of exchange funds and in arranging a merger with Eaton & Howard to form Eaton Vance Corporation, where he served as Chairman and CEO. After retiring from Eaton Vance in 1996, Mr. Clay established East Hill Management, a private investment company. Mr. Clay was an active investor in early stage companies in the natural resource and technology sectors, including ADE Corporation, where he served as Chairman. Mr. Clay served on numerous corporate and nonprofit boards and took greatest pleasure in supporting the high-risk efforts of smart individuals pushing the boundaries of their fields. He was an active philanthropist in disciplines including pure mathematics, biology, art of the Ancient Americas, astrophysics, archaeology, sea turtle conservation, and mental health. Mr. Clay was happy to be best known as the founder of the Clay Mathematics Institute. Memorial services will be limited to the immediate family, who discourage flowers or donations but welcome personal reminiscences sent to East Hill Management, 70 Main Street, Suite 300, Peterborough, NH 03458.

Published in The New York Times on Aug. 8, 2017