Morton Myerson, a Cataumet resident, lawyer, political activist, and veteran who fought in Normandy and the Battle of Iwo Jima, died from complications with Alzheimer’s disease on June 25. He celebrated his 94th birthday on June 21.
Born in Dorchester to Joseph and Rose (Waldstein) Myerson, Mr. Myerson grew up in Brookline.
After graduating from Brookline High School in 1937, he graduated from Harvard College in 1942. That December, he received his commission as a second lieutenant in the US Navy and married Eleanor Applebaum, who would be his wife for 71 years until his death.
Mr. Myerson served during World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. He was a beach master during the Normandy invasion and served on an attack transport in the invasion of Iwo Jima.
After leaving the service, Mr. Myerson attended Harvard Law School, graduating in 1948. He first practiced in the antitrust division of the US Department of Justice and later practiced in real estate development. Later in his career, he started his own firm, Myerson-Allen, which redeveloped historical downtown properties as affordable housing units.
He took an active interest in politics, both locally and at the state level. In addition to serving on the personnel board in Brookline, Mr. Myerson worked on his wife’s successful campaigns for selectman and later state representative.
He also worked to fight anti-communist hysteria as a member of Americans for Democratic Action during the early 1950s.
Outside of work and politics, Mr. Myerson enjoyed playing racket sports and golf. He was a past president of the Cataumet Club, as well as a founding member of the Pocasset Golf Club and a lifetime member of the Harvard Club of Boston.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Myerson leaves his son, Joseph Myerson, and his wife, Lynne Johnson, of Bolton; and his daughter, Ann Myerson of Brookline.
Burial will be private.
A memorial service will be announced at a later date.