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John A. Corry, Longtime Bronxville Civic Leader and Senior Partner at Davis Polk, Dies December 26, 2016; Memorial Service Wednesday, January 18 PDF Print Email


By Anne McKnight Corry, Daughter of John A. Corry

Jan. 4, 2017:  John A. Corry of Bronxville passed away on December 26, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Emily McKnight Corry, who predeceased him in 2016, loving father of Anne McKnight Corry of New York City, and devoted brother of Catherine (Corry) Blakemore of Albany, WI.  

John was born in Springfield, Ohio, on November 17, 1931. He was a graduate of Deerfield Academy, Princeton University (where he was chairman of the Daily Princetonian), and Harvard Law School. 

He spent his entire legal career specializing in taxation at Davis Polk & Wardwell, where he became a partner in 1967. In this capacity, he served as outside tax counsel to J.P. Morgan & Co. from 1975 to 1996. In 1992, he chaired the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association.

After becoming senior counsel at Davis Polk in 1997, he wrote five books on American history, served eight years as annual giving agent for his Princeton class, and was on the board of the Chautauqua (NY) Foundation. 

For many years, he was a member of the consistory of The Reformed Church of Bronxville. He also served on the boards of a number of other Bronxville organizations, including Gramatan Village, which helps local seniors continue to live in their homes and which he was instrumental in founding. In 2010, Gramatan Village presented him with its annual award for outstanding community service, as did the Counseling Center of Southern Westchester in 2015. 

He greatly enjoyed golf, the Metropolitan Opera, bridge, and travel in the US and abroad. Prior to his death, he was writing a monthly column on Bronxville history for MyhometownBronxville, the local online newspaper.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chautauqua Foundation, Box 46, Chautauqua, NY 14722. A service will be held at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, January 18, at The Reformed Church of Bronxville.



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