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Maury Spanier, 98, Of Rye, Attorney And Philanthropist

Maury Spanier, 98, of Rye, died Wednesday, April 8.
Maury Spanier, 98, of Rye, died Wednesday, April 8. Photo Credit: Contributed.

RYE, N.Y. - Maury Spanier, 98, of Rye, died Wednesday, April 8.

He was born and raised in New York City, and enjoyed a substantial career as an attorney, business leader and philanthropist.

Spanier earned a law degree from Columbia University, class of 1939, where he was editor of the Law Review and a Kent Scholar.

In 1939, he joined the law firm of Hays, Podell & Shulman. He became a partner in 1946; the firm was then named Hays, Porter, Spanier & Curtis.

Except for U.S. Army service from 1942-46, he remained with Hays, Porter, Spanier & Curtis until 1982.

He was involved in philanthropic activities for morr than 50 years, including establishing the Dextra Baldwin McGonagle Foundation.

Spanier also was a trustee and member of the executive committee of Beth Israel Medical Center, a trustee for St. Luke's-Roosevelt, a member of the President's Council of Columbia University and director of the American Committee for Weizmann Institute.

Survivors include two sons, David and Jon; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

His wife, Helen Green Spanier, preceded him in death.

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