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Bar News - May 19, 2006

Fifty-year Members Recall Times of Growth and Change

Philip M. Cronin

Attorney Cronin says, “I am proud to be a member of the Bar of the State of New Hampshire, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the United States District Court for Vermont.  My only regret is that I have not been able to contribute more to the public good.”  


Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Cronin attended the Cambridge public schools, Harvard College and Harvard Law School.  Still an active trial lawyer, he is at the moment working on a brief for a case in a New Hampshire court.  In addition, he is a United States Merchant Marine Officer serving as a Master.


Both of Atty. Cronin’s parents were physicians.  He says, “My mother was the resident physician at a women’s reformatory.  The superintendent of the reformatory believed that prison should rehabilitate, not just punish.  The Commissioner of Corrections tried to remove the superintendent.  My mother took me with her to the hearings.  I was highly impressed with the skill of the superintendent’s lawyer.  I later became his partner.”


Cronin practiced with the Boston firms of Withington, Cross, Park & McCann and Peabody & Arnold.  His area of law is civil litigation and over the years, he has tried a great number of cases in New Hampshire, generally with Sulloway Hollis as co-counsel.


Atty. Cronin’s inspiration and role model has been Hugh Bownes, United States District Judge for New Hampshire and Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  “He was the ideal judge:  fair, firm, understanding and knowledgeable.  He was always even-tempered and at times jolly, even with the pain of war-caused injuries.”


Cronin married Paula Cook Budlong at Peru, Illinois in 1957 and they have two sons.

            He has served as editor-in-chief of The Massachusetts Law Review, as editor of Massachusetts Legal History, and as president and publisher of The Harvard Magazine.  At present, he is working with the Town of North Haven, Maine to develop affordable housing based on a model from Portsmouth, New Hampshire.


Gerard F. Giles

Attorney Giles says that every year he lives, his life seems to get better.  He was born in Concord on December 17, 1929 and attended grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse in Canterbury, NH.  After attending Coe-Brown Academy in Northwood and Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, he went to Colgate University, graduating with a BA in 1953.                             


He says he decided to become a lawyer, “When I was awarded a full tuition scholarship (National Honor Scholar) by the University of Chicago Law School.”  Giles received his JD degree in 1956.


Atty. Giles had a general practice with emphasis on plaintiff personal injury, which included medical malpractice and products liability.  From 1960-2000, he served as a judge for the Rye Municipal Court.


When asked about his role models, Atty. Giles responded, “Elizabeth Houser, my teacher in grades 1-8, Canterbury Center School.  Each morning we saluted the flag and recited the 23rd Psalm.  By the time I reached third grade, I had learned all I needed to know about ethics.”


Giles was the first lawyer in NH to be certified a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.  He was also the 2001 recipient of the William A. Grimes award for Judicial Professionalism.


He is married to Judith A. Giles.  “Between us we have seven children and 10 grandchildren.  “I coached my grandchildren in wiffle ball, tee ball and soccer from 1992-1997.”  Giles has run the Boston Marathon twice, in 1977 and 1978.  He is semi-retired at present and owns and operates a self-storage facility in Portsmouth, NH. 


“My law practice is minimal,” he says.  “I am attempting to learn to play golf.  My grandson tells me that I am only three-quarters old.  Hopefully, I have enough years [left] to learn.”


Arthur W. Mudge II


“[I feel] very lucky to have lasted this long in as good health as I enjoy, along with good friends and loving family, with as many pleasant memories as I have, and as much worthwhile work still to do,” says Arthur Mudge.   “I don’t practice much law any more, but my lawyer skills and background are still useful in serving various worthy causes, as well as arguing over politics, an avocation inherited from my father.”


Attorney Mudge was born in Andover, Mass., where his father was temporarily employed for a few months after the Amoskeag Mills closed.  “Three weeks after my birth, our family returned to our Northwood Center home where I spent the first ten years of my life, attending two-room Brookside Grammar School in Northwood Narrows.  Then my father followed the textile industry south, first to Connecticut where I continued through public school in Moosup, and Choate School in Wallingford, Conn.  From there I went to Princeton, and then Harvard Law School.”


Mudge served as a “shavetail” at the Eighth Army Order of Battle Intelligence section in Seoul, Korea, from June 1952 to June 1953.  “On the troopship to Korea, I swore that if I came back I would do what I could to prevent future wars.  Engagement in politics seemed a good way, and law a good career choice, although journalism was a close second.’ ”


After law school, Atty. Mudge spent one year as law clerk for Judge Peter Woodbury of the First US Circuit Court of Appeals, then nine years as associate/partner at then Sulloway Hollis Godfrey and Soden of Concord, moving from general practice into litigation, particularly appellate work. 


 In 1966 he went to Washington as Assistant General Counsel for the US Agency for International Development, then in 1969 to Panama as Regional General Counsel for Central America and northern South America.  In 1971 he shifted into operations, becoming USAID Mission Director in Bolivia, then Guyana, Nicaragua and Sudan for two- to three-year tours in each country.  In 1984, Mudge returned to the Sulloway office in Hanover for a few years, then worked from his own office in Hanover, largely in estate planning after a graduate program in taxation at BU Law School.                 

“From 1986 on, I worked overseas several months each year as an international development consultant for USAID and the World Bank, mostly on design and evaluation of rule of law programs in Latin America, Africa and the countries of the former Soviet Union.  Over the last five years I have turned mostly to pro bono work with NH nonprofits.”


Mudge’s role models were Judge Peter Woodbury, “as fine a role model and friend as any young law graduate could possibly have.  Then I had the good fortune to learn law practice and community service from such excellent lawyers and human beings as Franklin Hollis and Frank Sulloway.”


With Jim Lilly, Mudge helped establish a Boy Scout troop in Canterbury when people there asked him why they should give money to scouting when there was no troop. “Over the past 13 years I have worked with many fine people in helping establish the Circle Program for underprivileged girls. I have enjoyed the challenge of helping several worthy nonprofits through difficult times, including Camp Onaway for girls (attended by my four daughters), the New Hampshire Council on World Affairs, the Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy and the Audubon Society of New Hampshire.” 


 “I must confess that, much as I respect lawyers and the practice of law, my most fulfilling work has been in international development and my work with New Hampshire charitable organizations.”


The Korean War gave Mudge the opportunity to meet Mary Cadwell, a Minnesota high school teacher working as a receptionist for Senator Hubert Humphrey while Mudge was training at Fort Belvoir near the Capitol. 


“We have four doting daughters,” says Mudge, “doing well enough, we hope, to take care of us in our old age.  None are lawyers, but two are carrying on in the foreign assistance business, another is an aspiring architect and the oldest is gaining recognition in landscape gardening and design.  All together they have produced five fine grandchildren, three of which are male!”


When asked about retirement, Atty. Mudge went on, “I have pulled back from overseas work and limit my law practice to pro bono tax assistance and a few elderly clients who rely on me too much for me to withdraw.  I still do non-profit board work with The Nature Conservancy, Audubon Society of New Hampshire, and a historic preservation group in my second home town of Haverhill, NH. 


“I have taken on an increasing amount of teaching at Dartmouth’s ILEAD program.  Pursuing my lifelong interest in history and politics, and drawing on my foreign service experience, I teach courses on such subjects as Israel/Palestine, US covert regime change operations since World War II, US Intervention in Latin America since 1820, and the debates preceding our foreign wars since 1812.  I don’t know about my students but I am learning a lot.”

Supreme Court Rule 42(9) requires all NH admitted attorneys to notify the Bar Association of any address change, home or office.

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