Merena Dies May 21|
May 23, 2013
Raymond N. Merena, co-founder of Bowers & Merena Galleries, died May 21 in Massachusetts.
A graduate of Cornell University, he was born in Binghamton, N.Y., in 1937.
In 1961 he was hired by Jim Ruddy and Dave Bowers to be general manager of Empire Coin Co., Inc. He later moved to Ohio in 1966 to join Paramount International Coin Company, where in 1971 he was named vice president and general manager. While there he hired David W. Akers, who later became prominent in his own right.
In 1975 Mr. Merena participated in the first ANA Roundtable. He also supervised production of auction catalogs and served as “Trends” editor for Coin World.
In 1982 when Dave Bowers organized a new company, Mr. Merena became a partner in Bowers & Merena Galleries, Inc. The firm handled many rarities and “name” collections and was the largest-volume auction house in the world. He taught at the ANA Summer Seminar, was a member of the Professional Numismatists Guild (serving as president 1995-1997), and was active in many other numismatic organizations and activities.
Mr. Merena retired in 2000. A few years ago he was stricken with Alzheimer’s, and toward the end of his life he was hospitalized, according to Bowers. He is survived by his wife Patricia, daughters Caroline and Sara, son Mark, and grandchildren.
“Ray lived a fine life, had many friends inside and outside of numismatics, and will be fondly remembered by all who knew him,” Bowers said.
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