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Peter M. Pryor

May 18, 1926 ~ January 17, 2022 (age 95)


Peter M. Pryor, a trailblazing Black civil rights lawyer and activist who worked in Albany, NY, passed away, fittingly, on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, January 17. A column written by noted author and biographer, Paul Grondahl, and published in the Albany Times Union, describes the life and legacy of Peter M. Pryor (for more on Grondahl’s perspective, please view

He left behind his beautiful wife, Barbara; his children, Cynthia, Guinevere, Peter (Debra), Robert, and Marcus (Cindy); 13 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two children, James and Carlton.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held in the spring, when we can all gather safely. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to his alma mater, Albany Law School, where a scholarship fund is being established in Mr. Pryor’s honor. Please make donations directly to: The Albany Law School, Attention Peter M. Pryor Scholarship Fund, 80 New Scotland Ave., Albany, NY 12208.

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