Hunter Meighan, who died on Friday, June 6, was born May 8, 1914 in Mamaroneck.
His parents were Burton C. Meighan and Effie Hunter Meighan, both of whom
were born in Mamaroneck. He attended local schools and graduated from
Mamaroneck High School. He went on to graduate from Columbia College in
1935, where he was a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity. He obtained
his law degree from New York University Law School in 1939.
Until his death, he was a partner in the Mamaroneck law firm of Meighan
& Necarsulmer, which was founded by his father in 1897. He was Acting
Police Judge in the Village of Mamaroneck from 1945 until 1949, when he
resigned to successfully run for the New York State Assembly. He served
as a New York State Assemblyman in this area from 1950 to 1959, when he
resigned to run for the New York State Senate. He served as New York State
Senator from 1960 to 1964. During his fourteen years of service with the
Legislature, his attendance was perfect and he never missed a working
session. He was responsible for much legislation benefiting the State
and his constituencies. In 1967 he was elected a delegate to the New York
State Constitutional Convention.
During his career he was an Eagle Scout and served as Boy Scout commissioner
of the Village of Mamaroneck. He was president of the Lions Club and president
of the University Club of Mamaroneck. He was a member of the American,
New York State and Westchester County Bar Associations and the Larchmont
Yacht Club. He had been a director of the Knickerbocker Federal Savings
and Loan Association of New York City and a director of the Larchmont
Federal Savings and Loan Association. He had been honorary trustee of
the New York United Hospital of Port Chester, having served as trustee
of the hospital for seventeen years.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, the former Miriam Gay of Atlanta,
Georgia; and his daughters, Gay Corning of Harrison, New York; Sasha (Lynn)
Laing of Venice, California; Marcia Abbott of New York City; and grandchildren,
Sean, Russell and Alyssa Corning, Mira Laing, Ian, Malcolm and Helena
Abbott. His sister, Ruth Gillette and four brothers, Burton, Howard, Hamilton
and Jefferson, predeceased him.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, June 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm
at the Larchmont Avenue Church in Larchmont, New York. In lieu of flowers
the family asks that donations be made to the Boy Scouts of America Westchester-Putnam
Council or the charity of your choice.