Resolution J334-2013

Mourning the death of Stuart M. Pearis, distinguished citizen and devoted member of his community



  • Feb 5, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jan 30, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


LEGISLATIVE  RESOLUTION  mourning the death of Stuart M. Pearis, distin-
guished citizen and devoted member of his community

WHEREAS, It is the custom of this Legislative Body  to  pay  tribute  to
citizens  of  the  State  of  New York whose lifework and civic endeavor
served to enhance the quality of life in their communities and the great
State of New York; and
  WHEREAS, Stuart M. Pearis of Vestal, New York, died on Friday, Septem-
ber 14, 2012, at the age of 74; and
  WHEREAS, Born in Binghamton, New York, Stuart M. Pearis graduated from
Binghamton Central High School in 1955,  and  from  Yale  University  in
1959; as president of the Yale Band, he helped organize its 1959 Europe-
an tour, the first such tour by an American university concert band; and
  WHEREAS,  Following graduation from Yale Law School in 1962, he served
for two years as confidential law assistant to Judge Marvin Dye,  senior
associate  judge  of  the  New  York State Court of Appeals, the state's
highest tribunal; and
  WHEREAS, He then returned to Binghamton in 1964, to join the law  firm
founded  in  1929,  by  his father and the late Emory C. Resseguie; from
1966 to 1969, he was corporation counsel of the City of Binghamton, vice
chairman of the Binghamton Urban Renewal Agency  and  attorney  for  the
Binghamton City School District; and
  WHEREAS,  In 1966, Stuart M. Pearis was named Outstanding Young Man of
the Year by the Binghamton Junior Chamber of Commerce;  Governor  Nelson
Rockefeller  appointed  him  to  membership on the Commission on Eminent
Domain in 1972; that commission drafted what became the New  York  State
Eminent Domain Procedure Law; and
  WHEREAS,  For  many  years,  Stuart M. Pearis was a partner in the law
firm of Pearis, Kline and Barber; later, he was of counsel  to  the  law
firm of Coughlin and Gerhart until his retirement in 2011; and
  WHEREAS,  In  addition to his father and Emory C. Resseguie, Stuart M.
Pearis' former law  partners  included  Herbert  A.  Kline,  Richard  A.
Barber,  Hon.  Ferris D. Lebous, Hon. Catherine C. Schaewe, and Nancy E.
Kline; he served all of his clients with great  ability  and  integrity;
  WHEREAS,  Stuart  M. Pearis's commitment to excellence, and his spirit
of humanity, carried over into all fields of enterprise, including char-
itable and civic endeavors; and
  WHEREAS, Stuart M. Pearis served as President of the Board of Trustees
of Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, New York  in  1973;  was  a
former  Lourdes Hospital Foundation Board Member; was a former member of
the Rotary Club of Binghamton and a Paul Harris Fellow; and was a member
of Temple Concord; and
  WHEREAS, As former local chairman of the Yale Alumni  Schools  Commit-
tee,  Stuart M. Pearis interviewed prospective students; he was a member
of the Yale Club of New York City; and
  WHEREAS, Stuart M. Pearis distinguished himself in his profession  and
by his sincere dedication and substantial contribution to the welfare of
his community; and
  WHEREAS, Stuart M. Pearis' primary focus, however, was his family, who
adored  him;  this  remarkable man always found time to attend, with his
wife, activities in which his children participated, and enjoyed  family
vacations on Nantucket, where they met, and in the Adirondacks; and
  WHEREAS,  Predeceased  by  his  parents,  Samuel H. and Celia (Levine)
Pearis, Stuart M. Pearis is survived by his loving wife for more than 26
years, Jill (Justine) Higgins Pearis;  his  son,  John  P.  Pearis;  his
daughter, Meghan M. Pearis; one sister, Patricia P. (Herbert) Kline; two

nieces,  Wendy  A. (Fred) Budlong and their children, Erik and Carl; and
Nancy E.  Kline; and one nephew, Robert S. (Dee) Kline and  their  chil-
dren, Marena and Ariana; and
  WHEREAS,  Armed  with  a  humanistic spirit and imbued with a sense of
compassion, Stuart M. Pearis leaves behind  a  legacy  which  will  long
endure the passage of time and will remain as a comforting memory to all
he served and befriended; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
mourn the death of Stuart M. Pearis, distinguished citizen  and  devoted
member of his community; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to the family of Stuart M. Pearis.


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