Myles S. Grant, soldier, community leader, academic and longtime resident of Seaside, passed away peacefully in his home on Sept. 30, 2011 at 81 years of age.
Service was the hallmark of his life and?he always put the welfare of others ahead of his own. He was an accomplished soldier, serving his nation for 21 years, and after retirement, served on the Seaside town council and various civic organizations; organized and operated community Bridge clubs and was a dedicated and loving father.
He was born at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas in 1930 into a military family. His young life was shaped by frequent moves and the discipline which is attendant with the life of an Army family. In 1938, he learned to play Bridge using the Culbertson System. This event was significant in that it began his interest and his lifelong enjoyment of playing cards, specifically the game of Bridge.
In 1947, he earned an appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned an Army Second Lieutenant in 1951, graduating near the top of his class. During his military service, he was valor-decorated for his wartime actions in the Korean conflict and the Vietnam War. He served two tours with the 82nd Airborne Division and earned the Senior Parachutist badge with 49 qualifying jumps. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, the military's sixth highest honor, in 1970 for his work reorganizing the headquarters of the United States Army in Europe. His last duty station was Fort Lewis, Washington, and he retired from the service there with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 1972.
A consummate academic and instructor, he held two Masters degrees from Harvard, one in public administration, earned in 1958, and political science and economics, bestowed in 1975. This was in addition to his training as a civil engineer at West Point and a degree in accounting from Portland State University in 1982. He was asked to teach political science at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1958 to 1960 and taught business and computer classes at Portland State University in the early 1980s. An avid reader, he read and collected thousands of books on a wide variety of subjects and was conversant in many fields.
After raising a family in West Linn, Oregon, he moved to Seaside in 1984. He served with distinction on the Seaside Town Council from May 1993 to December 1994. In 1986, he qualified as a Bridge director and he founded the Lower Columbia Bridge Club. His interest and influence in Bridge grew, and by 1993, he was operating four Bridge clubs and had become known as "Mr. Bridge" of the northern Oregon coast. In 1993, he qualified as a Bridge Life Master with the American Contract Bridge League and earned the title of Silver Life Master with a total of 1,630 life master points.
In spite of many accomplishments, he?was an unassuming person, never interested in accumulating accolades for himself, but always focused on getting the mission accomplished and always put the welfare of family and friends ahead of himself.
He is survived by his older sister, Michelle Grant; ex-wife, Ruth Grant; sons Myles "Mike" and George "Geo" Grant; and grandson, Brian Grant.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in the name of Myles S. Grant to the Cancer Research Institute at http://www.cancerresearch.org/ or mail to: Cancer Research Institute, National Headquarters, 1 Exchange Plaza, 55 Broadway, Suite 1802, New York, NY 10006.
Caldwell's Luce-Layton Mortuary of Astoria is in charge of arrangements.