MANCHESTER-BY-THE-SEA — Eliot Miles Herter died at home on December 3, 2012, after a lengthy struggle with lung cancer. He was 83. Born in Boston on February 22, 1929, Miles was the son of the late Governor of Massachusetts, Christian A. Herter and Mary Caroline Pratt.
He spent his formative years in Boston and Millis and attended Dexter School, St. Paul’s School, and Harvard University. After short stints with Mobil Oil Company and Simplex Wire and Cable, Miles worked as an investment banker with F.S. Moseley and Company as well as Legg Mason until he retired.
Miles married Caroline Lee Bigelow in 1951 and settled in Manchester-by-the-Sea, where they raised their four children. Miles was active in the community. He was a long time Manchester Little League coach, on the Manchester personnel board, one of the founding trustees of Brookwood School, a supporter of the Manchester Youth Center, and a past president of the Essex County Club. However Miles’ true passion was his dedication to the prevention and treatment of addiction. He served on the boards of The Greater Boston Council on Alcoholism, Freedom from Chemical Dependency (FCD) as well as the board of Northeast Behavioral Health (formerly known as CAB Health and Recovery Services), a non-profit organization that works with men, women and adolescents to treat and prevent substance abuse. In 2011, to honor his many years of service in this field, Northeast Health System established an endowed fund called “Go Miles for the Kids”.
Last March Miles was also recognized by the American Red Cross of Massachusetts with a “Community Hero Award” for his long-standing dedication to and advocacy for the prevention and the treatment of substance abuse and addiction on the North Shore. Recently Ken Hanover, president and CEO of Northeast Health Systems, said: “Our health care systems and our communities are fortunate to have benefited from Miles’ passion and dedication, and he has personally impacted thousands of lives through his tireless services to CAB and our hospitals. He is the epitome of community.”