Peter V. Darrow, who had a 35-year career as a corporate lawyer and had been a part-time resident of Sag Harbor for more than 30 years, died on Sunday at New York Presbyterian Hospital. His death was due to complications of multiple myeloma, for which he had been treated for four years, his family said. He was 62.
Mr. Darrow was a familiar presence on Sag Harbor Cove, rowing his one-man shell there as well as nearby bays and inlets. He was described as a “lean and lanky lawyer” and expert rower in a 2008 article in The New York Times. He rowed competitively at Columbia College, from which he graduated in 1972, and at Trinity College, Oxford, where he received an advanced degree two years later. He also was a member of the Sag Harbor Rowing Club.
Mr. Darrow’s law degree was from the University of Michigan, where he was on the Law Review. He became a partner in two firms based in New York, Mayer Brown and, most recently, DLA Piper. His expertise was described as in foreign debt financing, and he spent much of his time handling complex matters for some of the largest corporations in Mexico and Latin America.
In 1980, Mr. Darrow and his mother, along with his brother, Duncan Darrow, chipped in to buy a large Sag Harbor rooming house on Jefferson Street. They converted it over the years into a family compound, which they called their “Port in the Storm.” He was among the hosts for the 32nd annual Thanksgiving open house there in November and, his family said, the tradition will continue.
After their mother’s death of cancer in 2001, the Darrow brothers and a few friends established a free-of-charge cancer counseling center in Sag Harbor called Fighting Chance. It serves residents from all over the East End.
Born in Harper Hospital in Detroit to Charlotte Noble Felheim and Peter P. Darrow on Sept. 7, 1950, Mr. Darrow grew up in Ann Arbor. He and his wife of 20 years, Leni Darrow, divorced in 2003, and he and Denise Seegal, who survives, were married in 2008.
In addition to his wife and brother, Mr. Darrow is survived by two children from his first marriage. They are Meredith Darrow, who splits her time between New York and Los Angeles, and Peter Darrow, a student in Boston.
In New York City, Mr. Darrow was a member of All Souls Unitarian Church on Lexington Avenue, where a service will be held on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Visiting hours from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday are at the Yardley and Pino Funeral Home in Sag Harbor. Mr. Darrow’s ashes are to be buried in Oakland Cemetery in Sag Harbor on what would have been his 63rd birthday in September.
Memorial donations have been suggested for Fighting Chance, P.O. Box 1358, Sag Harbor 11963.