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Bar News - May 5, 2006

In Memoriam: Matthias J. Reynolds, Noted Manchester Attorney, Dies

Matthias J. Reynolds
Matthias J. Reynolds, 73, of Manchester, NH, died April 14, 2006 returning from Puerto Vallarta, Mexico to Manchester.  He died of complications from pneumonia.


Born on February 19, 1933 in Manchester to Katharine Beck and Matthias John Reynolds, he attended Webster School and Central High School; he graduated from the Mount Hermon School in 1950, from Harvard College in 1954, and from the University of Virginia Law School in 1957.  He had been a member of the NH Bar since 1959.


After one year of practicing law in San Francisco, Reynolds returned to NH and began a 39-year career as a trial lawyer at the firm of Devine, Millimet, and Branch in Manchester.  Early in his career he was lead counsel in the high profile Coolidge case, which eventually went to the US Supreme Court and produced a landmark decision about search and seizure. As a defense attorney he tried many product liability cases for automotive and consumer products companies.


Attorney Reynolds led the Harvard Club of NH for many years, was involved in numerous law associations and was a longtime member of the Manchester Country Club. He spent his summers on Mt Desert Island, Maine and winters during his retirement in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  He especially enjoyed visiting his children and grandchildren in Boston and Atlanta. He had a passion for horse racing, which took him to all parts of the world, including Sydney, Paris and Dubai. Other hobbies and interests included tennis, golf, travel and reading on a wide range of topics. He had a natural curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and he continued to make new friends throughout his life.


He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Ellen Hamlin Reynolds; his daughter Elisabeth of Boston; his son Matthias; daughter-in-law Jennifer Ide, and granddaughters Ivy, Isabel and Madeline, all of Atlanta; his sister and brother-in-law Katherine and Herbert Stebbins of Bedford; nephews Hank and Mark Stebbins; and niece Sarah Stebbins Zepeda.


A memorial service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church at 106 Lowell St., Manchester, on Saturday, May 13th at 12:00 p.m.


In memory of our colleague Mattias J. Reynolds, the New Hampshire Bar Associationís Board of Governors has contributed to the New Hampshire Bar Foundation, 112 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301.

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