Corydon B. Dunham Jr. ’47

Corydon B. Dunham Jr. ’47 died on May 26, 2021, in Greenwich, Connecticut. 

(The following was published by Greenwhich Time on June 3, 2021)

Corydon B. Dunham Jr ’47

Corydon Bushnell Dunham, Jr., 93, died peacefully on May 26, 2021, in Greenwich, CT, lovingly surrounded by his wife, Janet Burke Dunham, and sons Corydon B. Dunham III and Christopher B. Dunham.

Cory was raised in Yonkers, NY, with his late sister, Joan Dunham Dean, the son of Corydon B. Dunham Sr. and Marian Howe Dunham.

Cory served as an 2nd Lt. in the military in Tokyo after World War II where he was assigned to the Judge Advocate Corp. Cory graduated from Bowdoin College and Harvard Law School ’51. Upon graduation he joined the Cahill Gordon Reindel law firm. He served as executive vice president and general counsel at NBC for twenty-six years, overseeing legal standards and practices and government relations.

During Cory’s tenure at NBC, he developed his commitment to the stewardship of the First Amendment. As a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Institute in Washington, D.C., he wrote the book Fighting for the First Amendment, which chronicles the establishment of First Amendment rights for broadcasting. This followed with the endowment of the Corydon Dunham First Amendment Library Project at Bowdoin College and the Corydon B. Dunham Fellowship on the First Amendment at Harvard Law School.

He is survived by his family, Janet, Corydon, and Christopher and nieces and nephews of the Charles F. Dean, Lyon Howe, James Burke and John Putalik families.

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