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Henry Watson Cornell III, 85, retired Buffalo attorney

Dec. 18, 1932 – Sept. 24, 2018

Henry Watson Cornell III, a retired Buffalo attorney, died unexpectedly Sept. 24. He was 85.

Born in Bronxville, he was a great-grandson of Gov. Alonzo B. Cornell, a great-great-grandson of Gov. William Bouck and a great-great-grandson of Ezra Cornell, founder of Cornell University.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hobart College and was a graduate of Cornell University Law School. He served in the Army stateside as a surveyor.

After practicing law in New York City, he came to Buffalo in 1968 and established the firm of Berg and Cornell, later Mahoney, Berg and Cornell. Specializing in corporate law, he served as an arbitrator after he retired in 1994.

He was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and worked on the committee that created Homespace, a program that provides housing and other assistance to young mothers.

An avid reader, he enjoyed camping, sailing, bicycling, stamp collecting, investing and gardening.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, the former Nina Bayard; two daughters, Nina C. Plata and Lydia C. Bourke; two sons, Bayard B. and H. Watson; a sister, Victoria Nash; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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