4/29 Event features newly released biography of Edward Miner

Portrait of Edward Miner Lamont, Sr.Edward Miner Lamont, Sr., will discuss his new biography of his grandfather, Edward G. Miner, on Friday, April 29, 2011, at 1:30 p.m. The talk will take place in the Main Reading Room of Edward G. Miner Library at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.  The event and accompanying reception are free and open to the public. In addition to the talk, Mr. Lamont will sign copies of the book, which will be available at the event.

Ned Miner and his Pioneering Forebears was published in December by Meliora Press, a division of the University of Rochester Press. The Meliora Press is dedicated to topics related to University of Rochester history and related subjects.

E. G. “Ned” Miner ranked as one of Rochester’s most prominent citizens in the first half of the twentieth century.  Without a college education, he rose to become President of Pfaudler Company, served as president of the Rochester Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the University of Rochester’s Board of Trustees, and was also active in numerous other civic and cultural organizations in the city.

The University of Rochester benefitted greatly from Miner’s long involvement with it. Mr. Miner served as a Trustee for thirty-five years and took on numerous volunteer leadership roles. For many years, he served as Chair of the University Library Committee. In addition, in 1927, he donated the cholera and yellow fever portions of his valuable rare book collection to the new Medical School Library and continued to support the collections there with contributions of funds and materials for many years. In recognition of his many contributions to the University and the Library, the Medical School Library was named for him in 1952. The University also awarded him an honorary degree in 1945.

The author, known as Ted, has written two other books. He wrote The Ambassador from Wall Street, a biography of his paternal grandfather, Thomas Lamont, a former Chairman of J.P. Morgan, who also served as a University Trustee and honorary degree recipient.  In 2006, Ted Lamont wrote a personal memoir entitled The Happiness of the Pursuit: Felicitous Episodes Along the Way.

A resident of Laurel Hollow, New York, Lamont is a 1948 graduate of Harvard College and received an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1951. He was employed as a banker for many years with the World Bank and J.P. Morgan. He also worked for the Marshall Plan and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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