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Bar News - April 6, 2001


Paul Paganucci: Dartmouth Professor, Banker

In Memoriam

PAUL D. PAGANUCCI, 69, a former NH Bar member, investment banker and Dartmouth College professor, died Feb. 26, 2001, in his Hanover home.

Paganucci was born April 18, 1931, in Waterville, Maine, to Romeo J. and Martha (Donnelly) Paganucci. He attended Waterville public schools, graduated summa cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1953 and in 1954 received an MBA from Dartmouth’s Amos Tuck School. He received a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1957 and served in the Army Reserve from 1956 to 1962.

In 1961, Paganucci helped found the New York investment banking firm Lombard, Vitalis & Paganucci, of which he served as president, treasurer and director. He returned to Hanover in 1972 to become a professor of business administration at Dartmouth and associate dean of its Tuck School. He was also admitted to the NH Bar that year, although he never worked as a practicing attorney.

Paganucci was appointed chief financial officer of Dartmouth in 1975, where he served until 1986. His career also included working for W.R. Grace & Co.; helping found Ledyard National Bank and serving as chair of its board of directors; and serving on the boards of various organizations, including Dartmouth National Bank, Fairchild Communities and State Mutual Securities.

Paganucci was an active alumnus of Dartmouth, serving on a number of the college’s boards and committees and, with his wife, establishing a scholarship fund for Dartmouth students in 1985. In 1992, Paganucci received the Tuck Overseers Medal for service and he was awarded Tuck’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999. In 1993, Dartmouth established a professorship in his name.

Paganucci also served as trustee and board member of a number of community organizations. He was a member of the NH and New York Bar Associations.

Paganucci developed cancer of the larynx and went to inactive status as a NH Bar member in 1999, stating that his battle with the disease was "consuming my energies and my desire to work."

Survivors include his wife, Marilyn (McLean) Paganucci; a daughter, Elizabeth Paganucci of Plainfield; a son, Thomas Paganucci of Hanover, and several cousins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Dartmouth Class of 1953 Charitable Trust for Paul Paganucci Memorial Fund, in care of Ledyard National Bank, PO Box 799, Hanover, NH 03755.

In memory of our colleague, Paul Paganucci, the New Hampshire Bar Association's Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 112 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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