April 26, 1931 – Nov. 7, 2012

Chester Graves Dann, of Buffalo, a retired lawyer, banker and school administrator, died last Wednesday in St. John’s Hospice after a short illness. He was 81.

Born in Buffalo, he was a 1949 graduate of Nichols School, earned a bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1953 and graduated from Cornell University Law School in 1956. He served in the Army in the Korean War.

Mr. Dann began his legal career with the Buffalo firm of Phillips, Lytle, then moved to Rochester to serve as vice president of Lincoln First Bank, where he directed the legal department from 1964 to 1981.

He returned to Buffalo in 1981 to become assistant headmaster for business affairs at Nichols School.

Upon retiring, he and his wife moved to North Carolina to serve with Volunteers in Mission for two years at Warren Wilson College, where he ran the business office.

Mr. Dann was active as a volunteer locally with the Community Foundation of Buffalo, Vive refugee services, the Lorraine Association, Meals on Wheels, Volunteer Lawyers, the Yale Club of Buffalo and the Canopy of Neighbors.

He was a member of the Chairman’s National Advisory Committee for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society board of trustees in New York City. He received the local chapter’s Stephen H. Kelly Award in 1990 for his dedication.

He also was an active member of Westminster Presbyterian Church and the Nichols School alumni.

He and his wife maintained a summer home in Port Colborne, Ont.

Surviving are his wife of 54 years, the former Elizabeth “Delight” Reed; a son, Frederick G.; a daughter Elizabeth M.; and a brother, E. Webster.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Westminster Presbyterian Church, 724 Delaware Ave.