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Claire Hunter Mead, 94, Longtime Rye Resident

Claire Hunter Mead
Claire Hunter Mead Photo Credit: Deborah Burnley

RYE, N.Y. — Longtime Rye resident Claire Hunter Mead died Tuesday, May 31. She was 94.

After graduating from from Mount Holyoke College, Mead worked in Washington D.C. for the U.S. Army Signal Corps in its cryptanalysis department, decoding Japanese messages.

After World War II ended, Mead returned to New York and was hired by the American Mercury Magazine, working as an assistant to the editor, Lawrence Spivak, at the time when he was recruiting senators, congressmen and other prominent figures to appear on his new radio program, "Meet the Press," which later became the popular television program of the same name.

Mead moved to Rye with her family in 1962 and became an active member of the 25th Twig of Christ's Church in Rye and of the American Yacht Club.

Mead is survived by her daughter, Sandra Allen and her husband, Jeffrey; daughter, Patricia Mead and her husband, Thomas Spiconardi; son, Christopher Mead and his wife Maggie; granddaughter, Rebecca Allen and her husband, Greg Nagurney; grandson, Corey Allen and his wife, Talita; grandson, Andrew Allen; granddaughter, Gillian Mead; grandson, Tristan Mead; two step-grandchildren, Tommy and Brian Spiconardi; and her great-grandchildren, Claire and Wyatt Nagurney and Emma and Julie Allen.

Mead was predeceased by her husband, Donald A. Mead, and her parents, Frank and Elsa (Alves) Hunter.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate contributions to Hospice Care in Westchester and Putnam, 540 White Plains Road, Suite 300, Tarrytown, NY 10591.

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