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Dr Caryl <I>Reeve</I> Granttham

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Dr Caryl Reeve Granttham

  • Birth 29 Jan 1916 Riverhead, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Death 24 Jan 2009 Bloomfield, Hartford County, Connecticut, USA
  • Burial Northville, Suffolk County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 33661965

Dr. Caryl Reeve Granttham, 92, previously of Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY, passed away after a brief illness Saturday, January 24 at Seabury Home in Bloomfield, CT. She was the wife of the late Olen Earl "Earl" Granttham of Riverhead.

Dr. Granttham was born on January 29, 1916 in Riverhead, the daughter of Myrtle Wehl Reeve and Norman Frank Reeve. Caryl earned her B.A. in History from Barnard College at Columbia University in 1940, and her Ph. D. in History from New York University in 1963. Dr. Granttham held a variety of roles in political science and government, including editor for Prentice-Hall, staff member during World War II for the Office of War Information under Edward R. Murrow, and government research associate for John D. Rockefeller's personal staff. She later became Assistant Professor of History and Director for Development and Public Relations at Southampton College, Long Island University.

Dr. Granttham was deeply committed to her beloved Riverhead, serving on the Suffolk County Historical Society, the Long Island Archeological Society, the Woman's Club of Riverhead, and the Advisory Committee to the Riverhead School Board. She was also founder and President of the Riverhead Preservation Landmark Society, where she oversaw the Fresh Pond 1822 School House program. Concerned about the loss of historic farmland in Eastern Long Island, Dr. Granttham donated a 20-acre preserve with frontage on Long Island Sound to the Peconic Land Trust, and remained an active supporter of the Land Trust. In addition to her long-standing interests in political activism and local history, Dr. Granttham was an accomplished gardener and bonsai culturalist.

Surviving Dr. Granttham are her niece, Susan Reeve, her nephew Richard L. Reeve, and her sister-in-law Avis Reeve, all of Riverhead; her cousin, Paul T. Carver of West Hartford, CT, as well as numerous extended family members. Dr. Granttham was predeceased by her brother, Richard N. Reeve.

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  • Added: 8 Feb 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33661965
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr Caryl Reeve Granttham (29 Jan 1916–24 Jan 2009), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33661965, citing Sound Avenue Cemetery, Northville, Suffolk County, New York, USA ; Maintained by MTCS (contributor 46996179) .